Social Movement In America

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For many generations, social movements, like segregation of schools and black rights, have made a tremendous impact to the United States of America. Many of those past movements have been started by influential leaders, like Martin Luther King and Malcom X. Fast tracking to the 21st century, many social movements, like the rape culture of women, the wage gap, body discrimination, Black Lives Matter, transgender bathroom use, etc., are now created through social media. Although many have argued that social advocacy impacts social issues, closer examination of social media proves that social issues are not resolved through social advocacy. Social movements can not only start out with domestic violence, but it can also happen in the workplace…show more content…
Many women are forced into rape due to drugs and alcohol that men provide. Women wake up nauseous the next day and have no clue to what they have done or what they should do. But what they do not know is that many online communities and supporters have reached out to the entire world about the rape culture of women. The use of technology has spread the message about the rape culture. As Maria Konnikova, the writer of the short story “the Limits of Friendships,” urged that “if you spend most of you time online, you may not get enough in-person group experience to learn how to properly interact on a larger scale,” which most people take advantage of. People are used to seeing women as the one in need and men as the masculine type. But when it comes to rape, their perspectives are fixed on a certain gender, mostly women. Many social media sites show the domestication of men and women who were raped from some time in their lives by showing the general public educational videos about the abuse of men and women. There is a majority of people supporting the rape culture of women, but not as much supporters when it comes to the rape culture of men. There are online communities about the rape culture, which is what most people do to support the cause, but there is not a handful of individuals who will go out to the public and fight for the cause. Not only does a social medium pay more attention to a specific…show more content…
This specific race has been abused by the police, according to what social media has to offer to the general public. The general public has seen the videos and can choose whether or not to actively participate in a movement called “Black Lives Matter.” The cruel videos of blacks being abused increases the support of the movement, thus getting more support from the world. This is not the first time that blacks were physically abused. Blacks were treated as slaves, which took a long time for all slaves to be free. This did not mean that they had the same rights as whites did back in the 1900s. Then again, it took time for the blacks to earn the same rights and privileges whites did. From Dan Savage’s story “It Gets Better” he explains that “things are getting better before our very eyes” which is true because it did not take a second to have the rights of a white man nor be a free slave. This is when people form up to support what they believe and fight for what’s right. While the movement “Black Lives Matter” started online, it gained recognition from the public, stating that blacks are just as equal as any common person; what is lost is the actual sense of leadership because anyone can start a movement and do not know what to do. While blacks were abused, the same social issue can be seen through the perspective of a transgender person and bathroom
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