While many women decided to abandon Twitter today, non-white ladies decided to blow up the social media platform to make their voice heard. #WOCaffirmation became a worldwide trending topic, firmly placing the focus on Black women and other non-white women.
It’s purpose: to put a bullhorn to the struggles and aspirations of women of color (WOC). The hashtag emerged hours after #WomenBoycottTwitter sprung up Friday, Oct. 13. That’s when ladies like Ava DuVernay urged white women to put the spotlight on Black women — whose voices aren’t always heard.
I tweet today because we can't afford to be silent. #WOCAffirmation
— Christina Coleman (@ChrissyCole) October 13, 2017
You may have no connections, no family in the business, no family in ANY business. It's okay you'll be the first.
— Michaela Coel (@MichaelaCoel) October 13, 2017
WOC are silenced regularly. Its happened to me. It happens to others. That has to be recognized. #WOCAffirmation
— Tanzina Vega (@tanzinavega) October 13, 2017
Some also pushed for self-advocation.
— Nyasha Junior (@NyashaJunior) October 13, 2017
— April (@ReignOfApril) October 13, 2017
The Struggle of Black Women
And several did just that …
— Thamar (@heavenly_nature) October 13, 2017
I don't do a great job of self promotion, but as a nurse and a doctoral student, I fight health disparities/injustice. #WocAffirmation
— Ebonie Wright (@ms_ebbers) October 13, 2017
— Wendy witch🌙✨ (@AngrygirLcomics) October 13, 2017
I'm a lingerie blogger and soon-to-be-published book author. My site, The Lingerie Addict, is the largest of its kind. #wocaffirmation
— Cora Harrington (@lingerie_addict) October 13, 2017
… as well as amplifying their fellow women of color.
— Fuck You Lookin' At? (@marvel_girl88) October 13, 2017
— Countess DY (@dyprinzess) October 13, 2017
— Renee Scare-row 🎃🕸 (@RmBarrow) October 13, 2017
Even men jumped in.
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) October 13, 2017
— Ira Madison III (@ira) October 13, 2017
Support Black Women
Support Brown Women
Pay Black Women
Pay Brown Women
Defend Black Women
Defend Brown Women
Show em Love#WocAffirmation
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) October 13, 2017