One of the first blog posts I wrote, which I was initially very proud of given the amount of time invested, was titled TOP 20 INSPIRATIONAL + INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE, linked here. The blog post is essentially a collection of my favorite Instagram accounts at the time of March 2020. It never occurred to me the whitewashing I was promoting, as all but one person listed was white.
The need to diversify my feed is more important than ever. America is in the thick of the Black Lives Matter movement after the unlawful and unnecessary deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, Breonna Taylor, 26, and George Floyd, 46. I’ve seen immense support for the Black community in response to these recent events, both in real life and on social media, and have been exposed to numerous Black people and Black promoting accounts to follow on Instagram as a result.
Having had time to reflect on what media I’m consuming, I’ve come to realize the majority of the accounts I follow on Instagram are white women that bare resemblance to me, whether it be professionally, socially, or geographically. I’ve spent the past few months finding new women and accounts to follow to improve the diversity of the media I’m consuming in an effort to be more inclusive.
Note: the following individuals are listed in alphabetical order by first name, this list is not meant to represent a ranking system
This is a start, but the work doesn’t stop here.
Until tomorrow, Meryn