This is not a competition. This is an indictment of slacktivism that is not inclusive, nor is it intersectional.
Correction: In a previous version of this article, I referred to Dominique "Rem'Mie" Fells as Dominique "Remi" Fells.
I-n-t-e-r-s-e-c-t-i-o-n. Do we know what that means? The irony is that I reference a song that featured Boosie Badazz, who has proven that he does not know what intersection, or tact, mean. A few months ago, Boosie was kicked out of Planet Fitness for his transphobic rant about Zaya Wade, Dwyane Wade’s daughter.
Already, Zaya has defined her intersection: being Black and trans. And already, she has been verbally attacked by a grown man. Keep in mind that this is the same man who says he hired a stripper for his son’s birthday, although his son is 14 years old.
Therein lies the problem: that Boosie is okay with a grown woman sexually assaulting his teenaged son, but he draws the line with a young girl stating how she wants to be identified. While some would call this an isolated issue, it is not; Black trans women, who Zaya will grow up to be, are ninety one percent of victims of trans genocides.
Inside the app that has innovated a new way to create
Turnout was low at President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 21. According to the “TikTok teens,” or teen users of the “TikTok” app, this was due to a strategic protest they organized through the app. The strategy was as follows: people who disapprove of President Trump would reserve tickets for the rally, although they had no intention of going.
This way, many of the seats would be empty. When reports came out that the turnout was low, TikTok teens “[took] a victory lap for [their] fake reservation campaign,” said NBC News. The Trump campaign denies that the actions of TikTok's teens had any impact on turnout. However, if this claim were true, and teenagers organized such a powerful demonstration against the President, it would highlight how much power TikTok has.
But how does the app utilize this power?
On surviving under capitalism
It all starts on a Saturday in June. We are in the middle of Quarantine, and I receive three bills from the hospital totaling over $4,000. This is added to the fact that I was recently scammed, which set me back $7,000. This means that I have am in debt for $11,000, and I have just a tenth of that to my name. For anyone, this would be stress inducing. For someone with no source of income, no health insurance, and a new mental health diagnosis, it feels like rock bottom.
This realization comes just one day after Black people celebrated Juneteenth. While out at a small event, I saw some people wearing shirts that said “Free-ish,” and that made so much sense to me. Really, when have we as Black people ever truly been free?
Nobody's free until everybody's free.
On June 16, police found the body of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau in the home of Aaron Glee Jr., who is being charged with murder and kidnapping, according to ABC News. The outlet added that Toyin was last seen on June 6.
This would mean that there ten days between when Toyin was last seen and when her body was discovered. To me, that is too long a time. We have seen states become militarized overnight, yet when it comes to a missing Black girl, there is a lapse in concern.
“They made her this poster child for this mainstream body pos movement.”
Last Tuesday, rapper Lizzo was a topic of Twitter debates once again. This “seems to happen every time she wins an award, does something on social media or takes another step toward greater success,” wrote fat activist Sydneysky G for Wear Your Voice Mag.
This time, Lizzo made headlines because she revealed that she had done a smoothie detox, after which critics accused her of promoting toxic diet culture. Although Lizzo said it was for health reasons, critics still found crafty ways to express their disdain.
The vitriol that Lizzo faced over her decision is an extension of celebrity worship syndrome.
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