If the hashtag takes you to a conversation and that takes you to action, then the hashtag may be a step in the right direction.
When all else is equal, I choose to vote for the African-American candidate instead of the white one.
There is no excuse for the cheating in Atlanta, or Philadelphia, or in El Paso, where the school superintendent was imprisoned for reporting faulty test scores. While there is no excuse, it would be foolish to ignore the pressure that many face when federal laws mandate the use of standardized tests to "prove" that teachers and schools are doing their jobs.
All too often, good legislation is supported only when someone with a personal agenda is able to add an amendment to further that agenda.
Voters are tired of income inequality being acknowledged with nothing being done about it.
The three steps in social change are organization (especially protest), which leads to legislation (with pressure) and litigation (when legislation is not implemented).
President Obama knocked it out of the park during the State of the Union address. Instead of the kumbaya thing, he laid out his priorities to a Republican Congress that will likely block much of what he proposed.
Indeed, the abducted girls have all but disappeared from the headlines and from the public consciousness.
As he labored for social, civil and economic justice, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was extremely concerned both about the educational inequities that were a function of segregation, and about the purpose and quality of education.
What links the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu? Some would say that one set of deaths was revenge for the other. Actually, all of the deaths represent a tragic loss of life.