As much as I cringe at the phrase hashtag activism, we're all glued to our phones and the Internet these days, and it definitely is a thing. It's been what, two weeks since activists trended #CancelColbert and prompted a national dialogue around racism? Today, Twitterers hijacked the New York City Police Department's #MyNYPD hashtag to showcase the police department's brutality, with images like this:
Here the #NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time. #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/GErbiFFDvY
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014
RT @MoreAndAgain: The #NYPD will also help you de-tangle your hair. #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/5eIXUF6rXe
— Chris (@ChrisHK) April 22, 2014
It's now trending nationally. There's much, much more here, NYPD issued a statement, and now #MyLAPD is taking off.
Some folks aren't trying to do the witty sarcasm thing...
#myNYPD likes to grope brown teenagers under the auspices of "fighting the drug war"
— Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) April 22, 2014
#MySPD Stood on the sidewalk and filmed an Occupy demo, got a blast of pepper spray to the head! https://t.co/ZJxEXcX2X9
— Ansel (@Ansel) April 23, 2014