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The Role of Twitter in Spreading Messages of Empowerment and Awareness about TWLOHA

An international non-profit organization just entering its 8th year, To Write Love on Her Arms strives to promote hope, help, and healing for individuals struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide while placing an emphasis directly onto treatment and recovery.  This is an inclusive movement that welcomes all regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, ability, nationality, and so forth.  According to To Write Love On Her Arms Online,  In March of 2006, Jamie Tworkowski began taking the initiative of creating a personalized rehabilitation program from scratch through a support system based on love in order to help a friend heal when denied acceptance from a treatment center.

TWLOHA

Therefore, there is a heavy emphasis on healing through the simply beautiful connection between people and the effect love can have on the mind.  It is remarkable what this organization shows us we can do to change the world by showing individuals that they are important, that they are loved, and that they are not alone in their battle which allows us to come together as a  whole.  Simply being able to read the words of another person’s story going through a similar struggle allows society to open up and build acceptance— we can beat this mental health stigma when we begin sharing our stories which provides others with the freedom to share their own.  This allows us to realize that it’s okay not to be okay and that it is okay to ask for help.

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Racist Hunger Games Tweets Show Racism Is Still Very Much Alive Today

Recently, I stumbled upon an article regarding the popular movie franchise The Hunger Games. The movie gained instant popularity, with only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Dark Knight ahead on their opening weekends, according to CNN.com. Specifically, the article spoke about the controversy surrounding the race of some of the characters. Rue and Thresh – who fight alongside Katniss Everdeen in a government-sponsored death match – are played by black actors who fans presumed were white. For a few of these moviegoers, the decision to make Rue and Thresh African-American weakened the film’s impact. The series fans took to twitter to complain about the casting, and a few of those tweets quickly went viral. Examples of these include: “Why does rue have to be black not gonna lie ruined the movie,” and the more blunt “Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad #ihatemyself.”

The character Rue in the movie The Hunger Games played by Amandla Stenberg
The character Rue in the movie The Hunger Games played by Amandla Stenberg

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