U.S. & World News The year in hashtags

By: Jessica Griggs ~Campus News Editor~

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.