In a time of political unrest, some people are turning to small positive acts as a way to push back against the larger trends of intolerance.
Celeste Ng, author of the award-winning Everything I Never Told You, started the hashtag #smallacts on Twitter after the election of President Donald Trump. Her goal: to share small-scale but meaningful actions she was taking to resist injustice and support threatened communities, from people of color to LGBTQ individuals.
“I began using the #smallacts hashtag on Twitter shortly after the 2016 election as a way to resist,” Ng wrote in a Teen Vogue commentary in January. “To resist the intolerance growing in our nation, to resist an upcoming administration that I believe threatens to pull us backward and strip rights from those already marginalized.”
On Tuesday, the day after Trump issued a new executive order barring travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, Ng shared another list of actions she recently took ― including placing books by writers of color in a Little Free Library, a no-cost neighborhood book exchange program that exists around the world. She also urged followers to share their own efforts.
“It’s easy to feel helpless — like you can’t fight the tide,” Ng wrote in Teen Vogue. “But remember: small actions can have a huge impact, and one person like you can inspire others to action.”
Here are a few small-scale but important ways that 18 other Twitter users are fighting hate.
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