Recently, we all watched the events unfolding in South Carolina as a citizen was gunned down to his death by a police officer. There was a loud digital outcry stemming from every corner in America in response to this tragedy. Like many others, I took to the digital world to voice my distaste, exclaiming that “I am tired of seeing my brothers becoming #hashtags.”
The tragedy in South Carolina even prompted Secretary Hillary Clinton to tweet about reforms in our justice system.
As we’ve learned, digital organizing is a very powerful tool that can lift the occurrence of an injustice taking place in a small South Carolina community to the cell phones and desktops of a teenager living in the Bronx. As powerful as digital organizing tools are, it’s what we do offline in our communities that will truly begin to change the narrative.
It’s the corporations coming together to promote diversity, or the executive branch of government leading the charge to develop young talent that will help us to change the narrative. And, it’s the voter registration efforts and engagement of local community members who have long felt voiceless – that can change the outcome of a municipal election – that helps amplify our digital voice off of the screen and into real time.
Together, we can change the #hashtags.