On June 2nd, the virtual world exploded into an armada of black squares, and the hashtag #BlackoutTuesday dominated social media feeds. The murder of George Floyd, as with countless others before him, cast a harsh spotlight on our country’s painful racial divides. For some, the decision whether or not to participate in social media activism is based on personal beliefs about the movement itself and the many nuances surrounding the issue of racial injustice in America.
In 2009, I traveled to South Africa for two weeks with a group of higher education administrators. The trip was structured to educate us about the higher education system in South Africa post-apartheid, as well as to tour the Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria areas. Prior to our departure, I read Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom and Cry, the Beloved Country.