Social media has genuinely taught me more than school, family and friends regarding social justice issues. I love social media because people can easily share information and educate others about what is going on in the world. You get such a variety of diverse and individual perspectives, and a range of opinions are available to help you open your mind, or to challenge. Here are some of my favourite young people I follow on a variety of social platforms today:
@TheThirdPew – When I found out Nathan Zed was only 18 years old, I was pretty shocked. Partially because of how woke he is, partially because of he has been gifted the genes of a God (Why can’t I glo’ up that fast?). Nathan Zed rose to prominence in 2014 with a video response on his YouTube channel to Nash Grier’s infamous ‘What Guys Look For In Girls,’ He called for Nash, Cameron Dallas and JC Caylen to make an apology regarding the inappropriate and selfish remarks they said about women and their appearances. Since then, he has made short videos about body positivity and uses his twitter to highlight a range of social issues, particularly regarding black culture and police brutality.
@AmandlaStenberg – This American Hunger Games actress continuously proves that the youth of today are caring, compassionate and will stand up for what they believe in. Her video project ‘Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows’ focuses on educating and informing people about black culture and cultural appropriation in modern society. She finishes her video with an incredibly important question- ‘What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?’
@OfficialJaden – You may laugh this one off, but watching the Smith siblings Jaden and Willow grow into responsible and caring young adults has really touched my heart. They both recognise they have grown into privilege, use their platform to continuously push the boundaries of social and gender norms, and embrace individuality. Being a 17 year old boy and stepping out in a dress is brave and enlightening, and will hopefully inspire others who can see past the ‘How can mirrors be real if our eyes aren’t real’ persona. He also looks amazing, does what he wants and I applaud him.
@FeministCulture – This account is run by @lexi4prez, and is essentially where I first started to learn about the importance of intersectional feminism, before I started to do my own research. She seeks ‘equal rights and equal treatment’ of all, and uses media such as short video clips, comic strips and photography to explain feminism to a large audience.
These are just a few of the young people I follow on social media who have inspired me and consistently use their voices for good. Are you woke?