Historically, one of the most significant obstacles to social justice has always been getting a platform.
Today, and while struggles like the fight against racism and gender-based violence continue, we’ve seen how social media (and media in general) can be both ally and enemy when it comes to social justice.
Just as movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter gained a platform never before seen on social media, so too has disinformation and hate speech.
Knowing all this, how can we effectively globalize our ideals and push social justice in the right direction?
First of all, the work starts at home. We can get more involved and lend a hand on issues that touch us closely and that we see personally every day. We can intervene or help others intervene in spaces beyond our reach and encourage change from our local communities.
We can also educate, communicate and help train our future leaders.
Here are three other tips to address social injustice and effectively help globalize social justice.
Highlight communities that have a higher POC/minority population in their own language
Intersectionality is real, and as discouraging as it is to know it exists, we can also make sure to put the extra effort to balance it out as much as possible.
It’s up to us in our local communities to voice the right leaders and attend the city council meetings to make sure our people, especially in the POC/minority affluent areas, get their voices heard.
For example, we have Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigning and using her platform to target her community with trust and reassurance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to QNS, she expressed in the video series: “I encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It is safe, effective, and free for all. You do not need to have health insurance, and no one will ask about your immigration status.”
Our representatives must make us feel seen and heard in the language we need to hear.
Understand globalization and its powerful influence
We have seen this play out one too many times, especially in the last year with racism and, for instance, how large companies use this to their advantage to brand themselves.
Of course, organizations and companies work in great force in ways we aren’t trained to catch at first glance — from international deals to social media campaigns that dictate so much of the information we consume, down to what we saw in our daily apps.
It is time to question what is being targeted to us and fed to us — does it support our ideals and community? If it doesn’t, then we are better off without whatever merchandise or message they are conveying. We need to set boundaries to our sources and understand the value of our mental energy.
Lastly, make sure students take advantage of the resources available at school
Social justice is to happen on all fronts. Another important vein of our important society is our scholars. They are our future.
If it hadn’t been for resources such as EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services), I personally wouldn’t have been on the same track I was when I was studying. With that guided program, I was able to knock out my classes because of the amount of attention and helpful resources for low-income students I was able to obtain.
Many students shy away from these resources, but it is crucial to take advantage of what these already expensive campuses have to offer. Here are ideas of existing resources your campus may have. They are there for a reason!