8 People Of Color To Follow On Twitter To Make Your Social Media Bubble More Diverse
You likely live in a bubble. Not a hypoallergenic, plastic bubble. (Sup, Jake Gyllenhaal circa '01?) A social media bubble that is turning your newsfeed into an echo chamber. If you often feel like you're just scrolling through different 140-character versions of the same tweet, chances are you need to make your Twitter feed more diverse.
Especially when it comes to political views, social media can be a powerful, mind-changing tool. It’s not breaking news that hearing a perspective other than your own can help you learn and grow. But are you even seeing those perspectives when it comes to your social feeds?
Consider this: A study from Pew Research Center last year found that black people are more likely to see race-related posts on their social feeds than white people surveyed. Again, it’s not breaking news that race is likely more top-of-mind for people of color than it is for white people. But while this disparity in the race conversation may seem disheartening, there is something you can very easily do to make your social media bubble a little less insular: Follow more people of color on social media.
If the current political conversations on race have you feeling some type of way or you aren’t sure how to talk about race on social media, start by listening. Here are a few people of color you can start listening to.
1. Akilah Hughes
2. DeRay Mckesson
3. Kumail Nanjiani
4. Franchesca Ramsey
I've been obsessed with Franchesca since I saw this video explaining privilege with a snail and a caterpillar. (Animated by Kat Blaque, who you should also be following!) She's badass and brilliant, and her Twitter bio puts it best: "My activism is intersectional. my morals are non negotiable." Follow on Twitter @chescaleigh.
5. Heben Nigatu
6. Janet Mock
7. Ana Navarro
8. Constance Wu
Soon-to-be star of Crazy Rich Asians and forever star of my heart, Constance Wu is the queen of shutting down Hollywood nonsense on Twitter. You need to read Constance's response to Casey Affleck's Oscar nomination. Then, improve your newsfeed/life and follow her on Twitter @ConstanceWu.