After a tumultuous week of violence, a much-needed reprieve came from social media in the form of the #CarefreeBlackKids2K16 hashtag on Twitter.
User Heben Nigatu started the hashtag, retweeting videos and photos of black children singing along to Beyoncé, dancing, eating, playing music, and generally having the time of their lives.
After the back-to-back shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, then the sniper attacks in Dallas that killed five police officers, important questions about race and policing in the country were reignited. And the exhaustion — particularly in the African American community — was evident. It left many in the community questioning the value of their lives in society, parents wondering about the future of their children, and is sending the nation at large on a soul-seeking journey of sorts.
Nigatu's hashtag was a relief from the debilitating spate of events. After the series of tweets, others quickly caught on and posted their own videos and pictures of their own kids, nephews, nieces and friends at their cheeriest.