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How social media can facilitate difficult conversations about race

A recent, much-buzzed-about trend story by Associated Press reporter Jesse Washington started with a statistic -- 72 percent of black children are born to unwed mothers -- and incorporated a Twitter debate. Washington, AP’s national writer on race and ethnicity, said he had been wanting to write about the statistic for a while. Then he learned that a newly created “No Wedding No Womb” hashtag (#NWNW) drew 110,000 users and vehement diatribes within weeks. “I knew I had my hook,” he said in an e-mail interview. Read More