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Comment sections might not be the best place to talk about race or religion

by Austin Cross and A Martínez | Take Two®

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Internet comment sections, especially those under news stories, are a popular meeting place for ordinary people who want to sound-off about current events. 

But often, when those stories involve characters of a particular race or religious background, the comments can turn vitriolic. 

The racial climate online was the focus of a Pew survey out this week. They asked people from different groups how often they comment on racial issues. Twenty-eight percent of black social media users say they post some things. Among whites, just eight. 

The study raises questions about whether the internet is the right forum to host these conversations, and if so, how? 

For a deeper look at the role of the web in the nation's racial and religious discourse, Take Two spoke to three voices from the world of digital media, each a part of communities that have made headlines in recent weeks.

Press the blue play button above to hear the conversation. 

 

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