Our own Council Member Jared Rice of New Rochelle (D-District 3) is a social media star in the making.
From small things, big things one day come.
Yesterday, Rice had a few dozen Twitter followers and zero mentions on political blogs around the country. Today he has 127 followers and climbing and has not gotten over a hundred mentions in blogs and tweets from coast to coast including mentions on an NBC News media site and a twitter curation site run by Michelle Malkin, a Fox News contributor. Can Rush Limbaugh be far behind? He now has way more than our own Mayor, Noam Bramson. In a bit of irony, Bramson will head to the DNC in Charlotte next week with just 98 followers.
As someone familiar with this space I am keeping an eye on this because this is the sort of thing that can take off in the Twittersphere and blogosphere. I've seen it many times before and I suspect we may see this again.
The term Rice used on Twitter has exploded in the Twittersphere as has his own Twitter tag @CouncilmanRice. It's safe to say that Jared Rice is the most famous City Council member in American right now!
Not everyone in New Rochelle may know these names but trust me, if you look at the list of Tweets with @CouncilmanRice, you are starting to see some big names: Michelle Malkin, Bill Hobbs, JammieWearingFool, etc.
All of this began with a tweet made by Rice as he was watching the opening night of the RNC in Tampa (above).
The phrase actually predated the RNC in Tampa but was mentioned by theGrio.com, an African-American news site run by NBC News and Bartunde, a lefty AA blogger. Michelle Malkin, a leading conservative blogger, jumped on theGrio.com and the gloves came off. Rice unwittingly stepped into the middle of it (he has since expressed his regret for the use of the phrase).
We follow Council Member Rice on Twitter here at Talk of the Sound and both retweeted it and its made its way out to some of my friends on the right-wing blogosphere. I engaged Rice in some dialog over Twitter on the subject he raised. Soon, conservative bloggers were attacking Rice all over the country and Twitter conversation got started.
So this is post-racial America, huh? Jared Rice, a city councilman and NAACP member from New Rochelle, N.Y., is now playing a game he calls #negrospotting as he views coverage of the Republican National Convention.
The meme got legs after The Grio picked it up on Twitter.
TheGrio.com is a division of NBC News, is a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. News coverage and reporting from TheGrio regularly appears on other NBC News platforms such as "NBC Nightly News," "Today," Rock Center with Brian Williams," MSNBC TV and msnbc.com. In March of 2012, TheGrio was one of the first news publications to launch reports looking into the story of Trayvon Martin.
Jammie Wearing Fool: Hilarious New Twitter Hashtag: #negrospotting at the #RNC (National Political Blog)
That’s Councilman Jared Rice of New Rochelle, NY. They must be proud of him. Surely has a big future in the Democratic Party, home of casual racism.
The Hayride Tuesday RNC Wrapup (Louisiana Political Blog)
First of all, a bunch of left-wing slimeballs took to Twitter to start a disgusting hashtag: #negrospotting. It was launched, apparently, by Jared Rice, a city councilman and NAACP member from New Rochelle, N.Y.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The term was not "launched" by Rice. It was a trending topic on Twitter at the time.
Marooned in Marin (Virginia Political Blog)
Amusing? We’re not sure how amusing it would be if a conservative started a similar hashtag. Keep in mind that “The Grio” is “the official NBC News community devoted [to] perspectives that affect and reflect the African-American community.” Is there no end to the #NBCFail?
UPDATE: This has actually become quite amazing, the tweet has taken on a life of its own with many believing (incorrectly) that Jared Rice started this trending topic. There are now hundreds of tweets mentioning @CouncilmanRice. No one seems to defending the comment, including Rice.
Freepers took it.
A Fishing web site in Maine took it.
Even a City Councilman from New Rochelle New York, one Jared Rice, got in on the fun:
Jared Rice @CouncilmanRice
Council Member Rice somehow got into the middle of a fight between Clay Aiken and John Rich of the country music group Big and Rich where he was, once again, incorrectly identified as the originator of the phrase:
The “#negrospotting” hashtag that so offended Rich may have begun with Jared Rice, who is a city councilman in New Rochelle, N.Y. and who is also a member of his local NAACP chapter. He, too, was watching the convention crowds:
I’m watching the RNC convention and am looking for black faces but am hard pressed to find them. They say this is called #negrospotting lol.
— Jared Rice (@CouncilmanRice) August 28, 2012
A web site in Texas picked it up.
And playing right along? A New York councilman, Jared Rice…since we’re free to openly perpetuate stereotypes… ‘Yo, @CouncilmanRice, you know where else you might want to try playing #NegroSpotting?...