Nineteen-year-old Grown-ish actor, activist and Harvard University student Yara Shahidi sat down with former President of the United States Barack Obama today at The Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Shahidi, who attends Harvard with Obama’s daughter Malia, cautioned fellow college students against publicly shaming people on Twitter. The discussion was titled ‘What can I do where I am?’ and what not to do was made extremely clear: Activism is not about being as judgemental as possible. Translation: Cancel culture is not cool. “Like, if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb. Then, I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because, man, you see how woke I was?” Obama explained. He further explains that the situation above is not and will never be activism. “That’s not activism.” He emphasizes. “That’s not bringing about change. If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far.”
Personally, I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people — and this is accelerated by social media —that there is this sense sometimes of ‘the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people. I feel like this idea of purity, and you’re never compromised, and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, we need to get over it quickly. The world is messy, there are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids and share certain things with you.
That is why users on iMiMatch are uniting to create lasting change, which is not based on posing judgements over the acts of others but a change which seeks to understand the other, a change which sits different points of view at a table together, so as to reason out the best. In bringing about this change, users on iMiMatch do not put on the all-white robe of purity and claim to know all. When they sit together, they weigh their opinions, and sieve out those which are unrealistic and collect the possible.