Which movement means the most to you? Which movement is addressing an issue that you just can’t go about your life knowing this injustice is going on around you? Yes, every movement that is being fought for right now, is worth fighting for, but to me the issue of bullying needs to be at the top of the list. All of these movements that have seemed to spur up in 2016 are all important in their own right, but an issue that people never seem to march/protest for is raising awareness for bullying. Over the past couple of decades, the number of bullying incident have shot up across the globe. Along with the increase in frequency of bullying, but the severity and cruelty has seemed to drastically increased as well. The most recent example I can come up with was in Chicago. Four individuals kidnapped and tortured a mentally handicapped male and recorded it all on Facebook Live. Throughout the attack you hear them yell out racially and politically charged slurs like, “F*** Donald Trump,” and “F*** white people!” This is just one example of many that go on around us all on a day to day basis.
In today’s day and age with technology, kids really can’t escape bullying by simply going home. There is no such thing as a “safe space” anymore. Bullies use digital platforms to attack their victims, as online bullying has become a serious issue for children and adolescence. For many kids it seems there is really no escaping their bullies. We talk about technology and how it affects public spaces and places across the globe, making these publics less safe for more and more individuals.
Personally, I have never truly been a victim of bullying, but I have seen it happen to people along the way in my life. I have seen bully victims never never come close to reaching their full potential because of traumatic events that have deteriorated their sense of self-confidence. I truly believe that the anti-bullying movement is vital to keeping our public spaces and places effective. This movement must continue to help individuals that can't help themselves. At least in America, it seems people are coming together for injustices and hatefulness, it is time we come together for an issue that has been around for a long time.