The clock has been turned back on racial progress in America, though scarcely anyone seems to notice. All eyes are fixed on people like Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, who have defied the odds and risen to power, fame, and fortune. For those left behind, especially those within prison walls, the celebration of racial triumph in America must seem a tad premature. More black men are imprisoned today than at any other moment in our nation’s history. More are disenfranchised today than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified prohibiting laws that explicitly deny the right to vote on the basis of race. Young black men today may be just as likely to suffer discrimination in employment, housing, public benefits, and jury service as a black man in the Jim Crow era–discrimination that is perfectly legal, because it is based on one’s criminal record.
*ATTENTION: Please be sure to check your local time because they will not be the same as the last few weeks due to Daylight Savings!!!!
(if other countries have also changed, please please let me know!)
I’m taking over from the amazing @joverwatch this week for this project. She’s been awesome doing this and I’m glad to be able to help this week.
We’ll keep trending during Blindspot hiatus, don’t give up Blindspotters, please! We can do this together!
First of all, we trend Wednesday, March 15th, during the Blindspot time slot.
Check your time zones.
General rules and guidelines to remember:
1- START YOUR TWEET with our slogan “Renew Blindspot” in EVERY tweet. It’s important that you capitalize first letters of our slogan and NEVER hashtag it.
2- Add a brief message to your tweets along with a graphic or gif too.
3- Add the #Blindspot hashtag too, if you like.
4- Create NEW TWEETS as they count more toward trending than RT or QTs.
5- Tweet @nbc directly and keep sending them messages requesting they Renew Blindspot. (Either during the trend or whenever you feel like it). Remember, let’s keep it with a good and positive vibe. It’s all about how much we love the show.
6- DO interact with other trend tweets. Even if it’s just to say, “I love how badass Patterson is” or “That’s my favorite Jeller moment ever”. Seems to help Twitter detect trends. So if you see another fan tweet something you like? RT it & reply to it.
7- We will be tweeting the full hour of the show time slot. We need to get Renew Blindspot into Twitter’s Top 10 Trending Topics. When, if, happens we have to continue trending to maximum exposure, and in as many countries as possible.
8- If the time does not work for you, please know that there are apps that allow you to prepare tweets and schedule them before hand to air during the hour we are trending. So please, even if you cannot actually be there, at least set up some tweets to go out and it will definitely help in the trend (I personally use tweetdeck but there are others I believe).