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Digital, Or Cultural, Divide?
IBD Editorials ^ | August 25, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 08/26/2011 10:11:05 AM PDT by Kaslin

Technology: While Democrats agonize over the "digital divide" separating urban black youth from Web access, data show the gap closing. But hold the applause. It's led to high-tech thuggery.

A member of the Congressional Black Caucus this week blamed black unemployment on "racism" and the "digital divide," defined as the gap between those with access to computers and the Internet and those without it.

"It has a lot to do with many issues: racism, shipping jobs overseas, no access to technology," said Rep. Frederica Wilson, D- Fla. "You know, the digital divide is there, and many of the new jobs — that's what it requires. So we have a problem."

In fact, minorities are using broadband at higher rates than ever before. According to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, two-thirds of urban households now have Web access, up from 54% in 2007. Fantastic news. Or is it?

Police aren't thrilled. They're having to monitor social-networking sites to crack down on black flash mobs terrorizing citizens in cities across the country. Authorities say recent violent attacks were triggered by calls on Facebook and Twitter to meet up and "flash rob" convenience stores and beat up white bystanders.

In one recent episode, a crowd of 200 black teens mugged innocent bystanders in Philadelphia. Police suspect they organized the mayhem through social media sites.

Last month, another flash mob of 30 black youths beat two whites near Philadelphia City Hall, knocking one unconscious and breaking the other's jaw. The attack came just weeks after another gang of thugs — also organized online — attacked diners leaving restaurants and robbed train passengers.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: flashmobs; hacking; identitytheft; pornography

1 posted on 08/26/2011 10:11:06 AM PDT by Kaslin
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If you can’t read because “The Man is holding you back” you may not be able to use a computer.

2 posted on 08/26/2011 10:23:29 AM PDT by troy McClure
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To: troy McClure

They all have cable, HDTV and a smart why don’t they have a computer? The answer is they don’t think they need it.
Black’s aren’t the only ones who suffer the same idiocy.

3 posted on 08/26/2011 10:44:35 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Kaslin
In fact, minorities are using broadband at higher rates than ever before.
"Using" it and paying for it are two different things.
4 posted on 08/26/2011 11:35:54 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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