A brilliant article and blog
“If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things that you do not see”. This is the mantra that informs my Facebook wall and my twitter feed. These are the words of James Baldwin, an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and social critic. Baldwin conceived of political consciousness as an offshoot of deep care. He thought of love as an unveiling of societal ignorance and a marker of resilience. His conception of love made space for the scrapes of suffering and glint of adventure that form part of political and social activism. He lived in a time before ‘hashtags’ , ‘likes’, ‘retweets’ and ‘shares’ but his words populate memes that zip across digital space and take up residence on cardboard signs at on the ground protests.
Social media activism is often derided as being ‘slacktivism’ or a symbol of millennial laziness. Older generations and commentators often…
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