Before there was social media, a hashtag, or a pound sign (#), was a symbol to denote that there is a number. However, now that social media has become very popular, hashtags are used to tag a word or phrase. It is used to identify specific topics that are currently trending. Specifically, on Twitter, hashtags are used to group certain topics and they are all shown in one feed.
*Above is a picture of the phrase, “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” Within each letter are names of African-Americans who have been either a victim of police brutality, racial profiling, killings by law enforcement, and racial inequality.
One hashtag that has been trending for a very long time is #BlackLivesMatter. #BlackLivesMatter is a hashtag used to raise awareness about the injustice acts toward African-Americans. The #BlackLivesMatter movement was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime. They organize protests around the killings by law enforcement officers, racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality. #BlackLivesMatter’s mission is to establish a world where black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.
The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag is a tag that uses one of the rhetoric categories such as pathos. This imperative hashtag is targeted for black lives who feel the same unjust actions towards them and with other people. Also, this hashtag focuses on an audience who would like to partake in their protests and activism.
*Above is a picture of two women, one in particular whom has a child. She is worried that her son may be the next one who will go through injustice.