Campus News

U.S. & World News The year in hashtags

By: Jessica Griggs ~Campus News Editor~

#BlackLivesMatter
After incidents of police brutality against unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City, Cleveland and South Carolina, #BlackLivesMatter emerged along with countless calls for justice.

#BringBackOurGirls
A year ago, 276 girls were abducted from their secondary school in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. #BringBackOurGirls
endeavored to raise awareness of the issue worldwide. As many as 219 of the abducted girls have yet to be found.

#BoycottIndiana
Debates about the equality and fair treatment of the LGBTQ community were sparked on numerous occasions this year. As a result of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s passing in Indiana, #BoycottIndiana surged across the country in protest of the law that many believed would legalize discrimination against LGBTQ people.

#JeSuisCharlie
In January, 12 people were murdered when the office of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked by two masked gunmen. #JeSuisCharlie arose as a global symbol of solidarity and advocacy for the freedom of speech.

#YesAllWomen
Sparked by the misogynistic murders of six people in California,
#YesAllWomen spread on social media to shed light on the growing issue of violence against women. The hashtag allowed men and women alike to condemn sexist objectification and intimidation.

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