By: Eve Nevelos, Editorial Staff ‘24
Meir Shemla, professor and writer at Forbes, testifies that “Diversity gives you access to a greater range of talent, not just the talent that belongs to a particular world-view or ethnicity or some other restricting definition.” Taking witness to new and different art forms on the internet can broaden social media users’ horizons. Perhaps West African wood sculptures will become “your thing.”
Partnership International says, “[Diversity] helps dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups.” Consuming a multitude of cultures and forms of expression will inevitably result in a more accepting human and, ultimately, more globally aware and forgiving society. Diversity starts with one person deciding to integrate one with another.
@em_swami, an Indigenous Australian femme artist, creates beautiful imagery for several different campaigns. These movements include Stop Asian Hate, Learn Our Truth, Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Solidarity on Invasion Day, and Trans Lives Matter.
@shegotthepink, or Taylor Steinbeck, a queer artist, coordinates strength and beauty with her pink color palette, emphasizing her account’s focus on woman-aligned experiences. Each cartoony doodle has an important message about mental health, women’s experiences, queer obstacles, minimum wage worker challenges, or race-related issues.
@kimsaira, an Asian-American-Pacific-Islander artist, utilizes bright colors to encapsulate her audience. Her account calls attention to the Asian-American experience in the workplace, at school, and in public. Saira also talks about controversial issues, like mental health and anti-blackness, in the Asian-American community. She is candid about her own experiences via Instagram Stories.
@intersectionalenvironmentalist (IE) is exactly what they sound like – an account that bridges the divide between social justice and green issues. IE posts resources like awareness campaigns related to ableism, racism, and feminism and interviews with public figures. Their warm, neutral color palette will draw viewers in and empower them to take claim of their carbon footprint!
@flow__forward is a FLOW area-focused campaigning effort to move the RIH school district towards a more inclusive and culturally accepting place. For those who aren’t up to date with FLOW Forward’s happenings, FLOW Forward is a grassroots organization founded in the summer of 2020 that has been collaborating with RIHSD’s leaders for months now. They regularly remind their Instagram followers about upcoming board meetings, being mindful of the differences they may have from their peers, and upholding an actively anti-racist attitude.
With Black History Month coming to a close, Women’s History Month beginning, and Asian-American hate crimes on the rise, it’s more important than ever before to uplift and empower voices willing to share their stories.