Tarana Burke didn’t mean for “Me Too” to become a viral hashtag, let alone become the face of an entire cultural movement for survivors of sexual violence. The activist and social justice servant first introduced her efforts to the internet in 2006 via MySpace. From there, it floated around, supporting those who crossed paths with the slogan and Burke’s work until Oct. 15, 2017. Actress Alyssa Milano used the slogan without knowledge of its origins in a tweet regarding sexual violence within the entertainment industry, specifically referring to the then-recent news about victimizer and producer Harvey Weinstein. From there, “Me Too” was turned into a hashtag that flooded the web and connected survivors worldwide.
Use the fields below to perform an advanced search of The Daily Wildcat's archives. This will return articles, images, and multimedia relevant to your query. You can also try a Basic search
9 items found for your search. If no results were found please broaden your search.
Recently, actress Gina Rodriguez posted a video via her Instagram story singing along to the song “Ready or Not” by the Fugees, in which she said the n-word without hesitation. In disgust, I showed the video to my friend and explained her history of anti-blackness, to which he replied: “Why do we expend so much energy into some nobody when people are literally in cages?”
Claiming to be apolitical in the climate that we currently reside in seems to be a way to circumvent the harshities that come along with it. But it is problematic in itself to consciously avoid political responsibility, as it only further highlights the realm of privilege that allows you to avoid politics.
Like so many of you, I care to think of myself as an environmentalist. The title is defined as someone who is simply “concerned for” and/or “advocates” for the protection of the environment. This term is easy to adopt because of its inherent generalities, similar to how boutique brand deals have diluted the appellation of “influencer”, or LinkedIn’s infamous “Decision Maker” description. But, my assumed eco-friendly Wildcat, are you truly an environmentalist? I presume you have at least a baseline interest if you have ventured beyond the headline. If this is true, then it can also be assumed that you have refused a plastic straw or two in your day. As noble as the restraint may seem, allow me to expand on why it does and doesn’t matter.
Everyone wants to be woke – so this is why utilizing Google before your peers is key to your self-serving venture toward allyship.
TOPIC OF THE WEEK: What is your take on the first amendment & should there be extra regulations on campus?
Being a college student is a multi-faceted role that demands a level of effort that, most of the time, doesn’t seem attainable. After putting school in the center of your metaphorical universe, what would generally orbit around it would be work, clubs, student organizations, mental and physical health and lending whatever leftover time you have to sustaining a social life. Throw in some seasonal disadvantages, such as midterms and finals, and you have yourself a good, old-fashioned struggle for motivation. When balance seems to be lost in your world of responsibilities, it can be easy to let the most intimidating of the bunch, also known as your college education, get the short end of the stick.