Injustice persists

Jun 01, 2020

The recent protests and reemergence of the Black Lives Matter movement as of May 30, 2020 due to the sick murder of George Floyd make this a pivotal time to be an activist. With people sharing content related to anti-racism on Instagram, the question faced as senior year ends is how can the lessons learned during the course of this project be applied going forward? For mobilizing youth voters, the key is a movement’s flexibility. While an organization like the NAACP is more traditional in terms of its activist work, Black Lives Matter (BLM) is similar to Youth Climate Strike in terms of having a larger social media presence and decentralized tactics. As such, that makes BLM more attractive to younger activists. However, with the threat of police violence against protestors, and the still-present threat of the COVID-19 virus, there are large hurdles to overcome.
The issue is how to take the uptick in social media awareness regarding BLM and then turn the people sharing said content into full-time activists. Since many people lose focus regarding such events quickly, the path forward means trying to retain those people who want to convert their anger into proactive action. At the beginning of senior year, I was interested in doing something for the world around me, but I didn’t know where to start. As such, it is important to show people different paths they can follow to help make a difference in the world.

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