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I updated my Twitter profile to include my PayPal and Wishlist information. All writers and educators should have a tip jar on their profiles. People want your knowledge for free when they should be paying you.

Display Name: Monique Judge

Bio: journalist. womanist. big hair enthusiast. coffee lover. tips@thejournalista.com. tip jar:

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What Chewbacca Mom’s rise to fame tells us about race in this country | The Daily Dot

It’s also true that the real rewards typically reaped for online success tend to heavily favor insta-celebrities who are white. Content derived from black users of Twitter, Vine, or Snapchat is often sidelined as part of a monolithic Black Twitter. Black users of social media often have a comparable—if not larger—effect on the digital conversation and create moments, pictures, jokes, and movements that deeply root themselves into the mass culture. Yet, as Payne’s success highlights, that’s often ignored when it comes to big payouts for fleeting social media fame.

Source: What Chewbacca Mom’s rise to fame tells us about race in this country | The Daily Dot

What Happens When A Journalist Uses Your Tweets For A Story? (Part One)

(Co-written by Jamie Nesbitt Golden, originally published on Medium)

It all started with a ruined Wednesday morning.

A tweet of mine had found its way into a Washington Post op-ed calling for the dismissal of University of Missouri professors accused of assaulting students at a rally celebrating the resignation of the school president. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me; I’d grown accustomed to journalists using my tweets in their stories without giving me so much as a heads up (which usually leaves me open to trolling), and my Twitter account has never been private. But, as I’d spent the last 48 hours ridding my mentions of trolls wanting to debate First Amendment rights and freedom of the press, I was in no mood to entertain any more, and there was something about this particular post that stunk.

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@WaymoTheGod, free speech, and the right to be ignorant when you want to

First Amendment protected speech is a tricky thing. We may not always agree with what people have to say, but we have to defend their right to say it.

Let me explain.

There are ignorant people in this world, not unlike that Waymo dude. They will always be there to say some bullshit we disagree with and/or are offended by. Exhibit A:

 

 

Now. Is this dude an ignorant ass porch monkey? Yes. Yes, he is. What he is saying is deplorable, and he deserves the fire that is happening in his mentions right now to burn his shit-stained drawers as he sits in his dorm room click-clacking away on Twitter for reactions, RTs and mentions. 

I saw people calling for us to block him and report him as spam, and the reason I will not do that is simple. 

Waymo is exercising his right to express himself. It is First Amendment protected speech whether we agree with what he is saying or not. He has his right to let his ignorant ass word diarrhea flow freely from the asshole that is on his face just the same way as we have to right to react and call him out on it. He actually got a very proper dragging from Danie, and we all loved it.  

The problem I have with reporting him as spam and having his account possibly get deleted is that it sets an ugly precedent, and if you understand anything about the way the court systems work (and shit rolls downhill), then you know that courts work on precedent. 

If every time someone says something we don’t like or agree with we get their account banned on Twitter, what happens when those people on the other side don’t like what we have to say? I’m talking the #AllLivesMatter people or even your sensitive ass #NotAllWhites or #NotAllPolice people. If they get even an inkling that they can use blocking and reporting accounts as spam as a tool to silence us on this social network, where will we be? 

Think about what briefly happened to Feminista Jones yesterday on Facebook. Someone who obviously doesn’t like or or disagrees with her reported her account to Facebook, and it was temporarily shut down while Facebook forced her to go through the motions of proving she is a real person who actually operates in this world using the name Feminista Jones. We can’t have that. 

While Waymo’s ignorant ass speech is worthy of all the ire of every shea butter bitch from here to Africa, it is not worth us derailing the First Amendment protections that allow all of us to express ourselves on this medium.

You may not agree with my words or ideas. You may think I’m dumb, but please, always defend my right to say it, because my right is your right, and that is what is most important. 

Feel free to hop in his mentions and tell him his words are trash though.