For every hate-spewing troll on the internet, there are others who counter the misinformation and stand up for social justice online.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," Martin Luther King Jr. famously wrote in his moving letter from Birmingham jail in 1963. Nearly six decades later, justice is still under threat as minorities continue to face discrimination and prejudice in their everyday lives. Over the last few years, there has been a significant rise in hate speech in the United States. According to a 2021 report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Dr. Fernand de Varennes, "Efforts in the fight against 'the tsunami of hate and xenophobia in social media' appear to be largely failing because hate is increasing, not diminishing."
"In many countries, three-quarters or more of the victims of online hate speech are members of minority groups. Women belonging to these groups are disproportionately targeted," de Varennes said, while presenting his report on the outcomes of the 13th Forum on Minority Issues to the latest session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. "Too often, hate speech is followed by hate crimes and violence. It can too easily prepare the ground for dehumanization and scapegoating of minorities, and for normalizing hate. We need to learn from history and place all our efforts in erasing hate speech from the online space."
Fortunately, for every hate speech-spewing troll on the internet, there are others who speak out for social justice and counter the misinformation with illuminating, educating and clarifying posts. The Facebook page "Feminist Info" has curated an incredible collection of such instances. Here are 25 of the best examples:
You could ask women how many of us had ever had sex when we didn't really want to. Either out of fear or because he wouldn't stop & it was easier to just get it over with.— Guido (@heyyguido) August 31, 2020
I don't think y'all are ready to really have that conversation.
99 years is the amount of prison time a doctor in alabama will receive if they perform an abortion— J E N N A (@jennawyspy) May 15, 2019
6 months is the amount of prison time you will receive if you rape an unconscious girl next to a dumpster
wake. the fuck. up.
I wanted to do ballet as a kid. My parents refused. I cheered briefly in high school. My parents made me quit. I was a high school theatre geek who had potential to study seriously. My parents didn’t support.— Dana White (@ItsDanaWhite) January 17, 2020
I’m still gay. Denying me joy and expression didn’t change that.
when girls mention sexual assaults men’s first response is “happens to men too” yet when men talk about the high rates of male suicide which is a very valid problem in our society you will NEVER find a girl say “happens to girls too” because we understand basic empathy— molly (@mollykhadija) June 24, 2020
When I was 19, a guy grabbed my breast in a nightclub so I slapped him across the face immediately.— Annabel 林綺雯 (@xannikinsx) March 11, 2021
Everyone gasped at me for slapping him but no one gasped at him for assaulting me.
This is what has been normalised.
It is not acceptable.#TooManyWomen
We were really told "she slept her way to the top" instead of "men in power abused their power by withholding promotions and threatening demotions if they did not receive sex from their workers"— Maud Mostly (they/them) (@MaudMostly) February 20, 2021
I’m hearing too much “recycle, compost, go vegan!” and not enough “100 corporations cause 71% of emissions”— John Paul Mejia 🌅 (@johnpaul_mejia) September 11, 2020
My African American studies professor won’t let us refer to slaves as “slaves” but instead “enslaved people” and I think that alone is very powerful. It recognizes that it was our people’s circumstance rather than identity— kev⚡️ (@kevinmichaael) September 29, 2020
i’ve never met a man who had an abortion so im tryna figure out why yall got so much to say https://t.co/MvpGJz9B0K— welcometogoodburgerhomeofthegoodburger (@plsdontdoitsuh) October 21, 2020
When people are like "serious question, why don't marriages last like they used to" I literally have to walk away or I'll just start yelling about how women couldn't legally open a bank account before the 1970s.— Glowing With Iridescent Rainbow Fire (@saracentury) November 24, 2020