The Instagram Activists
The Instagram Activsts
From racial inequality to sexual assault, Syracuse University students are leveraging social media accounts to bring attention to the biggest issues on campus.
t starts with an Instagram post. The big block letters spell out students’ stories of racism, discrimination, sexism, and bigotry, sometimes naming the people and organizations involved, and sometimes leaving followers to wonder. Next come the comments, most of which express disgust toward the situation and support for the anonymous sender.
People wonder why this happened, who was responsible, and what they can do to help. Anyone who tries to justify what transpired in the post is shut down quickly and unreservedly. Then, there are the texts, the whispers, the rumors. “Did you see?” “Did you hear?” “Did you know?” Well, did you?
Eventually, it seems like everyone is watching together; dragging their thumbs down their phone screens and waiting for the next post to appear. Such is the nature of accounts like @BlackatCuse, @BIPOC.Syracuse, and @SpeakOutCuse; platforms that arose shortly after the #NotAgainSU protests and gained notoriety the summer before the 2020 fall semester. This is when the familiar routine began, with many SU students captivated by what would come next.