The Twitter trending topics included the usual suspects like Justin Bieber, Glee and a few unusuals like actress Stacey Dash and the movie Coach Carter. But something else was trending slowly with users expressing every emotion from outrage to sorrow to even gasps of horror. The tweets ended with a hashtag: #AiyanaJones. (Jerean Blake also has a Twitter hashtag. He’s the seventeen year old who was senselessly murdered. Detroit police found the suspect in a flat above the one Aiyana was murdered.)
In the thousands of tweets devoted to Aiyana Jones, the 7-year old slain by Detroit police on Sunday morning (May 16), a social media outrage brews. Avatars bear her photo and some even contain a pink ribbon to show support.
Veteran journalist Farai Chideya tweeted, “#AiyanaJones has a Wikipedia page. You can help expand it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiyana_Jones.” Fellow journalist Dream Hampton likewise tweeted, “Please listen to how Aiyana Jones’s grandmother was treated. My God. http://tinyurl.com/demnowaiyana #Aiyana.” Toure asked Dream, “Did you get to intv Aiyanna Jones’s family?” to which she replied, “@ToureX I did not. Lawyer got involved. Shut it down.”
On GlobalGrind.com, Kimora Lee Simmons wrote a blog post, “Damn Detroit Police! You Killed 7yr old Aiyana Jones!!” She says,
Damn Detroit Police Department! You burned, shot and killed Aiyana Jones, a little seven year old girl… How, in this age of unfettered technology, did you get this so wrong?!! It’s my sincere hope that the cameras for A&E’s “The First 48” television series that trailed you and filmed the whole incident didn’t spur your heroics! I know reality shows, very well indeed. Please tell me that this wasn’t a performance for the cameras!
Kimora and almost (as of this writing) 6,500 others “like” the Facebook fan page established in the memory of Aiyana titled “She Has a Name.” Requests for financial assistance for Aiyana’s family, information about her funeral (Al Sharpton is preaching the eulogy), photos of Aiyana and comments about the murder fill the wall.
And it’s a shame a little girl had to die to receive attention on such a grand stage as social media.Category: Featured, social media | Tags: Aiyana Jones, Coach Carter, Detroit Police, Dream Hampton, facebook, Farai Chideya, Glee, GlobalGrind.com, Jerean Blake, Justin Bieber, Kimora Lee Simmons, Stacey Dash, twitter, Wikipedia