Why Black folks need broadband
The Center for Creative Voices in Media’s The Case for Universal Broadband: Now! study was released today. It says that this country needs everyone to have equal access to reliable high-speed Internet connections. I agree, and I think this is especially true for Black people.
As I alluded to in this podcast, I see Internet-access issues as issues of rights that should be protected. I take that thinking in part from the brilliant Dr. Robert Moses who wrote this concerning math education:
“Mathematics education is a civil rights issue.” — Dr. Robert Moses
Black folks must take advantage of the Internet and broadband technology at a deeper level. It’s cool to have high-speed internet access as a way to view retarded dances on YouTube or play checkers online. It’s even more cool to use the Internet as it was intended: as a tool to share information and ideas with the world.
If anyone needs an authentic mouthpiece through which they can articulate their thoughts and a lens through which they can dictate how others see them, it Black people in this country. Using the Internet at a tool to create meaningful change is the most effective tool in the activist’s handbook since the sit-in. Don’t believe me? Ask Mychal Bell and the rest of the Jena 6, who would all have been condemned to God knows what if it had not been for Black bloggers keeping this issue at the forefront of the minds of those willing to listen and act.
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