It certainly didn't end once President Barack Obama was elected to office. As a society, we so desperately want to think we live in a post-racial world that we are often able to ignore what is right in front of us. It is thanks to social media — and the ones who know how to make a difference with it — that these horrifying stories are finally being talked about.
Actor Jesse Williams is one such person. He has used his fame and his Twitter account to take a stand against the racial injustices that are still rampant today. He has joined the millions of others who refuse to stay silent as atrocities continue to occur. Williams did, however, do something innovative with his use of social media: He has used it as a platform for sharing essays.
In a world with extremely short attention spans, Williams has found a way to use the 140-character limit to get noticed and then how to get around it to share his full thoughts on the matter. In the wake of Sandra Bland's story, Williams posted 24 tweets to explain the injustice at play, but this is only his most recent Twitter protest.
1 Some thoughts on #SandraBland & millions of Americans exhausted by paid servants destroying instead of defending lives. And those— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 22, 2015
2 reflexively parroting weak slogans; squealing for violence & murder from behind a centuries-old wall of perfectly visible privilege.— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 22, 2015
17 WE DO NOT BEGIN AS POLICE PROPERTY, to be freed or detained based on some guy's mood or feeling. We are not theirs.— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 22, 2015
19 #SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 22, 2015
There is nothing "black" about rioting. How do you think we got all this land?— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) April 28, 2015
Several people know this particular terrorist. Generations of Americans know this terrorism. A nation… https://t.co/kuMnRjMEJr— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) June 18, 2015
Williams has made a difference with his tweets, with his voice. We all can join this discussion — we must refuse to stay silent.
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