Ensie, The Activist Superhero

Ensie is a teenage, black girl from the USA with a huge passion for writing, Dave Franco, music, activism, and Dave Franco. Her blog is dedicated to activist movements all over the globe (feminism, Black Lives Matter, body image rights, reproductive rights, immigration reform…) and figuring out how to support them as a teenager.

*Hopefully, in the near future, she will add a new section dedicated to Dave Franco.

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A Little Bit of Background:

My love for activism and voicing my opinions about issues that are important (like the sometimes idleness of teenagers) hasn’t stemmed from any scholarly articles I’ve read online, or any analysis of how teenagers are addicted to their iPhones. It’s stemmed from a submissiveness that I have noticed within my classmates and within myself. In fact, I’ve realized that a lot teenagers (excluding the many, teen activists out there doing their thing) have issues with standing up for their political views and doing what they feel is right. And although I was brought up in a passionate, always-debating-politics-and-now-currently-ranting-about-Donald-Trump household, and I consequently found passion in discussing politics in controlled environments, I found it difficult to stand up for what was right in the real world.

A perfect example of my struggle with  real time needs for activism would be a recent school dance that my friends, and unfortunately not myself, attended this past school year. Being one of the biggest social events of the year, the dance had an overall theme of “International Night”, and already proved a little close to cultural appropriation. Funny enough, a lot of students actually attended wearing the clothing that they associated with their heritage, but the other half of students came in wearing “Make America Great Again” shirts paired with sombreros. My friends, who again, had not backed out randomly at the last moment like myself, immediately told me about the party incident, predicting my furious reaction. Describing a situation like that, I expected them to recount heroic tales of battles with obvious racism and bigotry but instead, at the end of their somber accounts, I was met with silence and a quick change of subject.

The days after, I spent a lot of time thinking of myself as “Ensie, the Activist Superhero”, as if I had attended the dance. I thought of how wonderfully and assertively I would have handled that situation, heroically explaining to everyone in the room (during a speech, of course), that Donald Trump was a pig and that cultural appropriation was no longer tolerated in our society. Everyone would have clapped and almost naturally, the Make America Great Again caps would have been thrown out the window.  However, as time passed and I thought more about the situation, I realized that I probably would have followed in the actions of my friends and not said anything at all. I mean, what could I have possibly said (or rather yelled) to a crowd of dancing teenagers that would have made an impact?

That harsh reality check and second-guessing myself is exactly why I started this blog. Although Ensie, The Activist Superhero would have known exactly what to do in that situation, I still would’ve hesitated in standing up for what I knew what right. However, through this blog and using the internet as my platform, I think I can make a larger impact. Most importantly, I think I can learn about what it actually means to be a youth activist, both online and offline. So join me in talking about all sorts of social justice movements that are sweeepingg the globe and the amazing people participating in them, and together we’ll be youth activists!! (only if you want to, of course).

 

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