Though Twitter plays an increasingly important role in politics, few studies explore whether representatives respond to calls for activism on the social media platform. This study examines the impact of racial representation and the intersection of race and gender on Twitter behavior involving black male centered and black female centered political movements. By investigating the use of four hashtags (#blacklivesmatter, #mybrotherskeeper, #bringbackourgirls, and #sayhername), we find black U.S. House Representatives are significantly more likely to vocalize their support for black-centered social movements than comparable white representatives. Moreover, we find black female and black male representatives are equally likely to speak on behalf of black male centered movements, but black female representatives are more likely to support black female centered movements than all other racial and gender groups.

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