It’s 2020 and you just posted your support for the George Floyd protests with a black square on your Instagram. You pat yourself on the back and close the app for the day, only to discover that your decision (which was also made by many others, including celebrities) has become a topic of controversy. But why?
As social media (and the Internet as a whole) has become a part of our daily lives, the way we address issues has stirred a big debate. Are we using these tools to fight a cause or just show others we are on the same wavelength when it comes to social justice? That’s where performative activism comes in. Here’s everything you need to know.