A new social media campaign is calling on Instagram users to spotlight a diversity of voices surrounding social justice work.
The #AmplifyMelanatedVoicesChallenge calls on social media users to focus on the social justice work of BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) amid the national protests surrounding racial injustice and police brutality in order to give a platform to those who are historically silenced or looked over.
“The social justice movement on social media is just another movement that has become whitewashed and appropriated,” wrote mental health therapist Alishia McCullough, who launched the challenge with dietitian and activist, Jessica Wilson. “It is another outlet that centers white narratives while making white people feel like the ‘good white person’ or ‘the woke white person.’ A lot of their content and offerings have been co-opted and appropriated from the lived experiences of people in black and brown bodies, which they have used to make a profit and increase their social capital. Often the original black and brown creators are not given credit and are pushed further into the margins of social justice work as white people continue to center themselves.”
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