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Domestic Violence Gender Gap and Social Media’s Impact

Domestic violence is an ongoing problem in society. Domestic violence occurs in every country, in every neighborhood, among people of all races, cultures, religions and income levels. Most cases are not reported but this issue is still taken very seriously. When professional athletes’ are accused of this crime, it stirs up much controversy and tough decisions for league leaders to act appropriately. Athletes’ are seen as role models for youth throughout the world and looked upon to set positive examples for kids.

Ray Rice, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was convicted of domestic violence against his fiancé last month and was suspended by the NFL, which resulted in a Twitter uproar to the way the National Football League handled the case. In contrast, United States soccer player Hope Solo was accused of domestic violence last summer against her nephew and half sister yet still continues to play soccer.

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Race and social media are increasingly intertwined. Social media is used both as an outlet of racist actions and a place to fight racism, and this site is a place to explore both of those spectrums and everything in between.

Led by instructor Kristi McDuffie, this site is specifically an exploration of a multitude of race- and social media-related topics by a general education course at Illinois State University. We encourage visitors to the site to engage in our explorations with us and participate in critical,  respectful dialogue. Questions, comments, links, and so forth are also welcome.