“Social activism is an intentional action with the goal of bringing about social change”… It can be a good thing, but can also cause some problems. I always see people on social media arguing about different topics, mostly political topics. They’re trying to get the message across, but it can always turn around and make you seem like the bad guy. It can be meaningful and worthwhile though, sometimes it allows others to really think about the topic. If you have never heard that point of view before, it allows you to really think about what the truth is.
However, you can also be a slactivist, which is someone who thinks they’re making a difference by “following a trend” but in reality, they aren’t making a change at all. For example; people across the world were participating in the ice bucket challenge – pouring cold water on themselves and passing it along by nominating their friends. Seems like a great cause right? … Well, it doesn’t much matter if you don’t donate in the end!! The ice bucket challenge was meant to raise money but people ignored that part, which resulted in becoming a slactivist.
I’m sure it’s possible to have productive conversations about social justice… eventually. But for right now, no one has an open mind. People believe in one thing and they don’t let other people change their mind… which causes arguments on social media if they read something that they don’t agree with. But eventually, I’m hoping that we’ll be more open minded about everything and gather all of the information needed to make a clear judgment!
Need a little bit more help understanding? Here’s a great video I found!