In 2018, there were multiple moments that showed significance in our culture. This year we included more people of all different kinds of backgrounds in media than ever seen before. We advocated for what we believed in and protested for what was right. Here are the biggest moments this year for activism and breaking barriers.
This year, we saw the representation of different ethnicities in the entertainment industry. The Marvel movie Black Panther was released in February and has received a wide range of positive feedback. According to TIME, the movie highlights the issues of black people in America and Africa. It is also one of the first Hollywood movies to have both an African American director and a 90% black cast. We also saw an increase in Asian Americans in Hollywood films, in roles other the stereotypically nerdy overachieving student. Some of the said films include Crazy Rich Asians (featuring an all Asian cast for the first in a Hollywood film in 25 years according to Slate), Lana Condor in All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Hasan Minjah in Patriot Act.
In addition, we have seen an increase in diversity in politics. On May 19th, 2018, the world watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows in St. George’s Chapel. According to CNN, Meghan became to first biracial person to marry into the British royal family. In February, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama revealed, their official portraits, painted by African American artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, a first in American presidential history. The results of this year’s midterms revealed at least 100 women serving in the House of Representatives, a first in history according to the New York Times. The results also included more openly LGBT+ people than in any other previous elected. Ilhan Omar Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.
Following the Parkland shooting in February were the nationwide gun control protests. March for Our Lives occurred on March 24th. It is a student-led protest advocating for stricter gun control policies. Thousands participated in Washington D.C and similar marches were held across the United States. The second annual women’s march was organized on January 20th and was held worldwide. Its purpose is to advocate against discrimination of all forms according to the official website.
Story by Erin Chen