Is it Enough?
Over the years, with the rise of social media we’ve witnessed blogs, hashtags and prolific twitter feeds attempt to fight social injustices. But has this been enough?
Back in September, Troy Davis’ case and the social media uprise brought attention to the U.S. system of capital punishment. Thousands took to Facebook and Twitter the week leading to Troy Davis’ execution. But have we become complacent in our acts to make a change, that we rely on social media to do the work? #TroyDavis was everywhere (including my own twitter feed) but what serious action was done? Did we take the time out to research the legalities of the issue (separation of federal & local government)? Did we use our voice? At the time of this case, sadly there were more individuals sitting behind their devices creating hashtags instead of mobilizing to address the deeper issue behind Troy Davis.
The Occupy Wall Street movement may have been one of the few cases in recent times, where people were disgusted with a social injustice and allowed their voice to be heard. Families, Hip Hop artists [article on movement & artists involved], students and more took to the streets all over the country to stand against the 1%. The movement might not have been the most effective to tackle the trickle-down effect of economic powers, but taking action was the beginning.
Currently, we’re witnessing the social media surge of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was a 17-year old boy who was murdered by George Zimmerman. The recent 911 tapes have angered many, including myself, for what seems to be a blatant act of racism.
As a social media enthusiast, yes I believe social media is effective in bringing awareness to an issue or injustice. But the ‘change-seeker’ in me, doesn’t feel it’s enough. If you’re on a college campus, have a forum where #TrayvonMartin (or any other issue) isn’t just spoken about but a call to action is presented [FAMU Law Students Rallying in Front of Seminole County Courts]. Contact your local NAACP chapter to see what is being done or sign the petition… Do what it takes to see justice served for the Martin family. Because if you’re angry and concerned a simple #TrayvonMartin won’t change much.
Gone are the days of the civil rights movement, the Women Suffrage March, etc., but injustices are still pressing onward. We can’t allow the recent phenomenon of social media to now do the work set out for us to do.