Countering Race-hate in Cyberspace
College campuses across the country are experiencing an explosive increase in incidents of cyber-racism. News of racially-themed parties, racist cartoons, posters, pictures of nooses, etc. disseminated through Facebook, MySpace, and other web sites occur almost daily. I-CHASS is working with the University of Illinois’ Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society to automatically catalog and analyze the nature, prevalence, distribution, reactions, and other characteristics of racist postings on college campus-linked websites. The project uses online focus groups and surveys to explore how social networking sites are used to express student perceptions of school and campus climate. The project empowers students to respond to race-hate in cyberspace and model how to use social networking sites as extensions of the classroom by developing curricular materials and software, including Facebook Applications.