#InTheseTweets | Fifth Edition

In These Tweets is a weekly cultural dive into trending topics on Twitter. A collection of snapshot analyses on a variety of moments impacting our world. Sometimes serious, sometimes light, always substantive. We outchea, #InTheseTweets.

As continuous outbreaks of the deadly Coronavirus dominate the global news cycle in the midst of the Democratic primaries, the issue of healthcare in America is a maximum concern. This tweet by Liz Ryan perfectly articulates the relationship between labor and health with regards to the American worker. Her fourth point in particular drives home capitalism’s dependency on a vibrant and healthy workforce to keep the spokes in its wheels turning. The pending threat of an increased outbreak has sent the stock market into a downward spiral and has placed a workforce of employees from universities to concert venues to sports stadiums on temporary hiatuses, as scheduled activities have been put on indefinite hold. We are in the throes of a serious epidemic and need to feel confident that our future leadership will have strategic plans to combat such crises because we sure as hell can’t rely on the current commander-in-chief to give reliable information.

And speaking more on the enormous impact of the Coronavirus threat, a Harvard student gave a brief synopsis with a tweet on how the school’s closure impacts its various students socioeconomically. There is often a public assumption that students of prestigious Ivy League schools come from affluence and access. What is illustrated in this tweet is Harvard, just like any other college or university, has students who are unable to easily access safe havens when an emergency presents itself. This is not even considering a population of international students who come from countries where incoming travel is currently restricted. Here’s to hope that Harvard (and all other colleges and universities) are able to formulate an adequate plan of safety for ALL of their students.

New York Times journalist and creator of The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, tweeted a poignant question about modern-day activism. Her inquiry of what makes someone a “civil rights activist” is a question many critics of present-day social justice advocates tend to pose when they seek to minimize the efforts of this generation of activists. I personally do not hold a precise answer of what qualifies someone as a civil rights activist, but I do know that there are varying degrees of activism and though several methods of mobilizing, organizing and advocacy may differ from days of yesteryear, they are often just as effective in moving the needle of progress.

It’s gotta be hard to display any shyness when you are undoubtedly one of the most recognized kids in the world. But eight-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of Beyoncé and Jay Z, had a moment of awkward shyness upon asking a particular request of Lebron James after this past weekend’s Lakers game. Blue was hoping to get an autographed basketball from King James and was being too coy to ask. Her not-coy-at-all father, Jay Z, nudged her to ask so that she may receive and Lebron said he would make sure the ball would be back to her this week.