Hashtags won’t save the world

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Now that the internet has completely taken over our lives people would rather post their problems online rather than go out and do something. When something happens let’s say a suicide bombing or kidnapping it will start trending. Most people would honestly care less about whats going on and only add hashtags or talk about something that is not in the least bit related to them so they seem aware of what’s going on. I do feel bad when some of these disasters occur but I feel like a hashtag won’t make a difference. I mean people do talk about it but what happens after it starts trending? It does make people aware but it just ends there. The people that do try to make a difference are out there helping people as volunteers or donating money and that does make a change. There’s things out there that are way bigger than us and spreading it all over the internet won’t stop it. People will always regards most Muslims as terrorist regardless of what kind things they do and most people are too blind to see past outdated stereotypes. I live in Zambia in Africa and when people on another continents think of Africa they probably think of mud houses or people dying of AIDS or wild animals roaming free. Africa is beautiful and thats just a fact and I honestly wouldn’t care less about what someone that’s never been here thinks.

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This was trending at probably it’s peak last year because quite a number of black people were shot last year by white policemen. Segregation has been there for years and most people thought it was gone but we are far from it. Most people don’t realise or maybe it has never happened to me. Most of us are guilty of but we do not notice. Change is personal, it starts with us and we have to move past certain stereotypes. Being black comes with prejudice even before you are born. Why judge people just because they live differently from you? This must have started when missionaries first came to Africa and found natives living in huts and wearing animal skin. Didn’t they get along just fine? They had food and shelter and ways to cure their ailments quite effectively. They did call us savages and violent but how would you react if something alien to you threatened your existence and everything you believe in? The said the same thing about the Native Americans before they killed most of them and took over their land. What I am trying to get at is there’s more to some of these things that we see. My boyfriend and I once went to a certain eating place and the waiters who were black did not bother to get us a seat or come give us the menu’s, we had to follow one of the waiters to get served. This happened to another black couple that walked in some time after us. When a white family walked in they were shown a table immediately. Now isn’t that racism towards your own kind? Because people say black people don’t tip well or don’t tip at all? You expect me to tip after such bad service? No I will not be the bigger person and show kindness to people that oppress me. This will be a cycle that won’t end. I want to get good service because you are supposed to do your job and not because your service will be based on how good a tip you will get.

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Natural hair is a growing trend and I think it’s ridiculous. Why should you only love your hair now because a bunch of people in America said you should? What happened to self love? With people now finding out that natural hair is beautiful and now we are being told to buy certain products will help you have healthy hair? Now isn’t that more convenient for the companies that sell those products? It means they make way more money and more companies are starting up that produce such products. I only have natural hair because I don’t have a choice. It’s so thick and very hard to maintain and I can’t relax it because it will break and blowing it is too painful. All I am trying to say is what works for you won’t work for someone else. So don’t be deceived by hair products that will promise you hair growth and curly hair. Certain textures of hair curl and some don’t and hair grows differently from other people. Do whatever you want to do with your hair and don’t get lost in these trends.

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This is just ridiculous. What will a hashtag do to stop HIV? Did whoever come up with this think of the people in remote areas that do not have access to the internet of do not even know what hash tag is? HIV is still a taboo topic to talk about. Out of sheer ignorance or people do not want to accept that there is a real problem at hand. These days people are more scared of getting pregnant than getting HIV. Someone may have taken 5 pregnancy tests but has never been tested for HIV. I means it’s free at government clinics and it won’t hurt you to know. If you know that you might be at risk why not get tested? You are putting your life and other people’s lives in danger. A number of people may get it from their unfaithful husbands and most pregnant women may pass it on to their children at birth or through breast feeding. There’s medicine given to new born babies to prevent them from getting it but then there’s breast feeding which is a huge risk and most mothers do not have a choice because they can’t afford formula now tell me how that hashtag will stop babies from getting HIV? Life is hard and most females will resort to sleeping with older men for money and will not use protection. Now tell me if an iPhone is worth losing your self worth and getting an incurable disease. HIV is not a death sentence and you can live a healthy life as long as you take your medication and lead a healthy life now but not everyone will do that so avoiding situations you can’t handle is better. It is sad for people that may have found themselves in these situations by accident or chance but this is not the end.

I am tired of people talking about things they won’t change or try to change. We should go out and make changes rather than just sit in the comfort of out homes and talk about the bad things going on in the world. Go out and try and do something. As small as it may be. You might make a change by actually going out there and helping someone.