What Kind of Movement is Black Lives Matter? The View from Twitter

  title={What Kind of Movement is Black Lives Matter? The View from Twitter},
  author={Alvin B. Tillery},
  journal={The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics},
  pages={297 - 323}
  • Alvin B. Tillery
  • Published 30 July 2019
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
Abstract This paper examines the ways that social movement organizations affiliated with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement use Twitter through three content analysis studies. The main finding presented in the paper is that the modal tweet generated between December 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016 was an emotional response—an expression of sadness, outrage, or despair—to police brutality and the killings of African Americans. The second key finding is that BLM organizations generated more… 
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