7 Instagram Accounts To Follow For Cultural Awareness

While social media can be a really hard place sometimes, there’s also a lot of good that comes out of it. One of my favorite things about it, especially on Instagram, is finding accounts that are using their platforms to teach and inspire. We often get trapped in our own little bubble, but social media gives us the opportunity to learn, embrace and change our ways. Through this little grid, we can learn about different cultures, traditions, struggles and how we can be an ally to all humankind. These are some of the Instagram accounts I love to follow for inspiration and cultural awareness.

The Conscious Kid is a great resource for parents who want tools and advice for approaching racism in the everyday world. It also shares a lot of great book recommendations for all ages that help introduce children to different cultures.

 

 

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Hello, Friends! Before I dive into my 2020 goals, I want to make sure you stay in the know. If you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter. (austinchanning.com) That’s where I’ll be posting announcements, upcoming events and more. I’m making a commitment to send it out once a month because it’s such a great way for us to stay connected. If you’ve read IM STILL HERE, don’t forget to check out my ACB Academy! There you will find an entire video series guiding you through the themes of the book. Guests on the series include Brenda Salter McNeil, Jen Hatmaker, Lecrae and more. It’s under $50 and you’re welcome to go through it with a small group! The team behind The Next Question @tnqshow has already started planning some exciting things for 2020 and beyond. Make sure you follow us along the journey. Okay. I think that’s it for now, but I’m super excited about all that 2020 will bring as we keep working toward anti-racism together.

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Austin Channing Brown is an author and speaker, most notably known for her book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness, one of the best books I read in 2019. I love her commitment to sharing how we can all get involved and combat racism by learning about our fellow humans and practicing love.

 

 

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Among hella things going on I SOMEHOW FORGOT TO TELL YALL THAT IM MOVING TO DC NEXT WEEK! 🌸✨💛🌸 YES DMV! Meet your new resident street artist – making WASHINGTON DC my new home (with my partner of courseee who will be a badass community organizer for planned parenthood DC) I’ll be tackling a lot of tangible art, performance art, and of course some satirical public art – I am coming in HEAVY with so much work to do in such a political city- this doesn’t mean NY won’t still be a key city to my work. I will come back very often to ensure the art remains here as well. This work IS political – my existence is political. SEE YOU SOON DC! Right after I give this TEDx Talk THIS Saturday in South Carolina at @tedxfurmanu 💕🌸✨

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We discovered the Unapologetic Street Series in 2018, and have been following along ever since. You can learn more about visual artist and creator of the project Johanna Toruño in our recent interview with her.

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This is the most meta picture I’ve ever taken and I am so here for it. The #wokebunny here does not care that he is in a book. 🌈 I have so much gratitude for @brittanyandmelissa for curating @proudwomenbook which is such a beautiful collection of female identifying LGBTQ+ voices. When @thesuperheroteacher reached out about participating, I had recently come out as bi after years of fighting off imposter syndrome (which is a work in progress.) After far too long, it feels amazing to be able to proudly proclaim who I am amongst such incredible company. 🌈 To my queer fam: Whether you’re out or not, I see you, and I love you. Your identity is beautiful, valid, and your own.

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Liz Kleinrock is a transracial adoptee who was born in South Korea and now uses her platform as an educator to create curriculum for public, charter and independent schools around diversity and culturally responsive practices. I love that she’s committed to teaching students as young as kindergarten where she strives to incorporate social justice lessons with an anti-bias lens.

 

 

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This account is incredibly valuable for community accountability. Not only is it focused on anti-racism, but it’s educational as well. She describes her account as “a guided journey that deepens your awareness to how your actions affect the mental health of Black Indigenous People of Color,” and with most posts, gives prompts for followers to do their own research on specific POC and what their impact was. 

 

 

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“The more I listened to different experiences of other disabled people, the more I came to realize that if I were to stand against disability discrimination, that I didn’t deserve the treatment I was advocating against. I was no longer ashamed of my crutches and spoke out on the impossibly high standard of being strangers’ motivation for surpassing mediocrity. I could no longer live like a doll, animating only according to the limited imaginations of people who made no effort to know me or what my dreams for myself were. I was no longer at the mercy of ableds’ infrequent and fragile benevolence, but was demanding their ally-ship without the promise of a pat on the back. I was categorized as difficult and bitter. The more I talked about inaccessibility, the more “ungrateful” I was. The more I pointed out how stereotypes about disability harmed our community, the more I was accused of hating myself. They were wrong. It was only with the more I loved myself the more vitriol I received. The more I loved myself, the less I was willing to accept toxic positivity that promised to heal me rather than help me exist in this body. The more I loved myself, the less I accepted momentary help at the expense of systemic change. The more I loved myself, the less I wanted acceptance from people who never bothered to know me outside of their own emotional need.” Read the complete piece by @crutches_and_spice at wearyourvoicemag.com | #linkinbio

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Wear Your Voice magazine is an intersectional feminist publication. Wear Your Voice is run by women and femmes of color who are trying to make more room for marginalized voices by highlighting and prioritizing the voices of Black women and femmes. Wear Your Voice is such an important voice in the space because it prioritizes the perspectives of Black and brown folks, especially queer, trans and non-binary people of color because it is crucial to pay writers of color for their labor and creative contributions to society. 

 

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram