Inspiring #FirstTimeISawMe Hashtag Shows Why Minority Representation Matters
The conversation about minority representation in TV and film is often more like a battlefront.
Many claim that oversensitivity is the root cause of calls for representation, while others assert that the lack of representation, combined with the constant whitewashing of non-white characters—greatly contributes to the world’s persistent racism issues.
To highlight just how meaningful—and powerful—representation can be for minorities, Black Girl Nerds and Netflix started the hashtag #FirstTimeISawMe, and asked the Internet to share the first time they saw themselves represented on TV and what it meant to them.
The outcome was inspiring, if not a little heartbreaking. Many Twitter users shared the relief and joy they felt in watching characters of different ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations be smart, sassy, and funny onscreen—as opposed to being reduced to stereotypical token characters.
Take a look at some of the #FirstTimeISawMe tweets, and watch Black Girl Nerds discuss the initiative.