Between the racial justice reckoning of last summer and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, news outlets and social media platforms alike were flooded with what seemed like endless graphic videos and images of Black trauma. Sophomore Julian Crosby took this as an opportunity to provide Black students an outlet.
Oluo opened up about the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, citing the apparent lack of outrage and devastation as a reason she started writing.
“I want this museum to be not a substitution for a Black space on campus, but a prototype of something on campus where other students can see Black excellence,” said Taylor Washington, the junior engineering student responsible for the exhibit.
There are more than enough stories about Black suffering, but “Hair Love” shifts the conversation by showcasing Black people simply existing, and being happy while doing it.
TikTok, Cardi B and voter registration: How politicians are turning to social media to reach young voters
Although social media is just one factor, it has played a great role in motivating people to go to the polls or send their mail-in ballots. Most importantly, it has inspired voters all over the country to participate in democracy and ensure their voices are heard.
Maybe the comparisons to African wildlife were unnecessary, but they do convey that high school drama seems ridiculous when put into perspective. The way both Regina and Cady rise and fall from fame reveals just how superficial and insignificant high school popularity is.