In April of 2014, a terrorist organization called Boko Haram kidnapped a group of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria. On May 8th, Michelle Obama responded – by posting a picture on twitter with the hashtag “BringBackOurGirls.” The girls were released a few days later. Of course not.
Hashtag activism consistently makes things worse.
The girls who are still alive are also still prisoners. Most people have forgotten about them because if there is one thing that hashtag activists care about it is the cause of the week. They post a bunch of tweets, take no action and move on.
Michelle Obama took the only action one could think of in this situation – she tweeted again on October 15th. So after five months of being raped and tortured by Islamic terrorists, the most the First Lady could do is double down on a tweet that had already failed.
Needless to say the situation for the girls went from bad to worse.
People of violence respond to acts of weakness with more violence. This woman is married to the man who leads one of the most powerful militaries in the world. Her decision was to take to Twitter rather than take real action. Now these same girls are being murdered in the most horrific fashion possible.
Members of Boko Haram are strapping bombs to these poor girls and using them as “suicide bombers” in markets in Nigeria.
The only real purpose of hashtag activism is to make people feel good for basically doing nothing. Michelle Obama can be proud that her tweet got so much attention. While these poor girls are continuously raped and eventually murdered.
The only reason to get into hashtags is to make yourself feel good. There has never been an example of hashtags leading to real positive change. No one is going to stop murdering because of a comment on Twitter. It’s imaginary activism and it consistently makes the situation worse.
Her decision to post a tweet rather than take real action is a perfect example of how pseudo-activism is far worse than doing nothing at all. Yet another example of the Obama administration’s failure to fight terrorism.