Monthly Archives: June 2020

Teens Next TikTok Campaign Against Trump

K-pop stans and teens on TikTok are trolling Trump again


First they emptied out his Tulsa re-election campaign rally, and now teens on TikTok are coming for Donald Trump’s social media accounts. Users on the video sharing app are planning to mass report – where multiple people report at once – the president’s Twitter and Instagram accounts tomorrow (June 27) in an attempt to get him blocked from the platforms.

Taking on the Plastics Crisis by Hannah Testa, 17

Hannah Testa, age 17, is the author of  “Taking on the Plastics Crisis,” Pocket Change Collective, Penguin. It’s available for pre-order for October. She’s led successful environmental campaigns in Georgia and nationally.  The book includes her story as a young activist as well as information about plastic pollution. Our interview augments the information about plastics and tactics for changemakers in her book.

Gen Z is alienated

Gen Z Will Not Save Us

The kids aren’t all right. The kids are fed up.


By Charlie Warzel

Opinion writer at large.


As it became certain that President Trump’s 2020 kickoff event in Tulsa, Okla., would fall well short of its expected sellout crowd, teenagers around America and K-pop fans took a victory lap. Times reporters pointed to a weeklong viral campaign by TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music (K-pop) groups to sabotage the rally. The online communities claimed to have registered for hundreds of thousands of tickets for the event to flood the Trump campaign with fake data and inflate crowd-size expectations. One part prank, one part protest.

The Trump rally troll helped cement a narrative among a number of online liberals. Just as millennials were clumsily dubbed the avocado-toast-loving, industry-killing generation, the Gen Z stereotype is an equally reductive portrait: a sardonic, nihilist, climate-change-conquering group of social media vigilantes, righteously trolling for social justice (and roasting millennials in the process). Gen Z may just save us all, the theory goes — or at least save us from another four years of Donald Trump.

It’s a comforting thought in these unstable times. But reality is far more complicated. The kids aren’t all right (though many are). The kids are fed up. More specifically, Generation Z is disillusioned by a country and its myriad institutions whose moral arc seems to bend toward corruption and stagnation. It is also, like any generation, not monolithic. And the way that its justified disillusion will play politically, culturally and socially is unknown.

Teens prank Trump rally in Tulsa, signing up to confuse the campaign


TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music groups claimed to have registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Mr. Trump’s campaign rally as a prank. After the Trump campaign’s official account @TeamTrump posted a tweet asking supporters to register for free tickets using their phones on June 11, K-pop fan accounts began sharing the information with followers, encouraging them to register for the rally — and then not show.

“K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.”

Clothing as symbol in protests

The Dress Codes of the Uprising

Almost every protest movement has its visual signifiers: images etched in the collective memory that crystallize the causes for which they were fought. The white dresses of the suffragists and the women’s rights movements. The neat black suits and white button-up shirts of the original civil rights protests. The Black Panthers in leathers and turtlenecks. The followers of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi caps and khadi shirts. The sans-culottes of the French Revolution and the yellow vests of the French revolt centuries later.

The organizers of the South Carolina march specifically used fashion to communicate a set of values and implicit references.

Their aim was to connect to the civil rights leaders of the past and pay them homage; to repudiate old racial stereotypes and attempts by some media outlets and the far right to paint them as antifa (a movement that has its own all-black dress code); to offer a silent riposte to the only other uniform otherwise on view: that of the National Guard and the police.

A Kenyan describes tribalism and dowry and bride price still practiced

Written by Jeffer Koome, a male recent university graduate in Kenya:

Tribes used to provide social support and educate the youth. Nowadays, the elders to these tribes who were tasked with passing on the mantle of educating, and morally guiding the youths are compromised by corruption. The youths are being influenced by the western culture which is diluting their heritage and cultural practices. Urbanization is also to blame as most youths don’t want to stay behind and take over their parents’ farms and continue the family cultures. It’s sad.

I believe the use of the word community shows inclusivity especially among young people. We may be different in our origins but we see each other as part of one community regardless. A good example in Kenya we have tribes like Kikuyu or Kalenjin with more than 5 sub-tribes in it. Young people among a subtribe find it hard to describe another young person from a different sub-tribe of the same tribe as different from them and I believe that’s why the word community is common among the young generation to show we are one and I don’t care which subtribe or tribe you come from.

Also, the word community shows sophistication, being fancy and more outgoing than the word tribe. In my country, for example, tribalism is a monster and an evil that many young people want to distance themselves from, as it has negative connotations attached to it.
The superiority of one tribe over another nowadays is expressed when it comes to voting especially because, in most African nations, there is a lot of nepotism among the older generation.

Dowry and bride price is still in practice to date. but the golden rule in all cultures is that no matter how wealthy you are, you can never finish paying the Dowry or bride price. Doing so is termed disrespectful as that is to say you don’t want to visit your inlaws again because you don’t owe them anything

Let me break it in parts since every community as a different way of calculating the dowry.

Some of the common practices that seem to cut across are:

  1. The modern families and some of the educated families and people living in major towns, they still practice the traditions based on where they come from but dowry is paid in cash. For example, if the tradition says you bring 3cows and 2goats, as the man you should have prior knowledge and get the equivalent cash.
  2. For the more traditional families in the rural areas and some very hardcore traditionalist communists like the Maasai, you have to come physically with the animal to the lady’s house. This is because to them a live animal is way more valuable than any currency equivalent.
  3. There is an emerging trend where inlaws that the parents and uncles to the bride will equate the bride price to the amount of money they have spent on her and if she as graduated from university, the price goes higher. Very discouraging to the lads but its what it is. In some instances, men have walked out of a dowry negotiation as the targets were too high and termed it exploitation.
  4. Other families especially in the educated group will tell the man to bless them with what they have since they know they have found a good wife in their daughter and that dowry price is determined by the groom.


The older generation, most of them they are having none of that, Some with daughters only see it as a retirement option. its crazy.

however, Among the young people, they feel like going through with the bride price is like putting yourself in serious debt as most can’t afford the amount even involved in the organizations as its a ceremony on its own with hundreds if not more people in some cases attending.

Many young women are opting to stay with their boyfriends and they are starting families secretly. Some live in fear of being cast out if they are found to be living with someone and they are not blessed by parents or guardians.

But the trendy option among the young couples of going to the Attorney generals office and getting certified as married, Its really gaining traction in recent time