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Posted by The Charlotte Post on Monday, March 7, 2016

Opinion

Itís one thing to complain about politics, another to get involved
Follow-through is key to change
 
Published Thursday, February 2, 2017 10:00 am
by Ashley Mahoney

President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban entry into the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa suspected of being breeding grounds for terrorists has continued to attract attention on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.


Social media has given people the platform to express their opinion. Rather than having multiple replicated conversations, a person can share his or her feelings in one fell swoop, and be done with it — or so it seems.


While posting one’s thoughts on President Trump may prove cathartic, does it really change anything?


Perhaps the post produces numerous shares, likes, retweets, etc., but will Trump see and or read that post? Probably not. Will it impact his policy? Doubtful. When did this become the age where people think that posting on social media provides the equivalent of storming Congress or marching in the streets? It’s easy to hide behind a screen — yes that statement comes from a journalist whose daily bread comes from the content that comes from such a place, but even this column is not enough. It’s one thing to express remorse for refugees seeking asylum from their home country in the U.S., but that continues to prove futile.


Remorse won’t save them. Remorse won’t protect students, professors and other members of American society from being deported. Everyone has a voice, but how can one leverage it to the point of power that produces action from government officials like President Trump? One word: Lean.

Lean on city council members, county commissioners, governors, senators and representatives. Lean until they have no choice, but to acknowledge the voices crying out for change.


Stop posting on social media and lean on your elected representatives to enact change.  


Social media won’t change America’s circumstances, but putting pressure on the officials who signed up to serve the people, that’s the only way to get the job done.

Ashley Mahoney is a multimedia journalist at The Post.

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