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25 times people on social media unhesitatingly spoke out for social justice

For every hate-spewing troll on the internet, there are others who counter the misinformation and stand up for social justice online.

25 times people on social media unhesitatingly spoke out for social justice
Cover Image Source: Facebook/Feminist Info

"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:

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