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23 Reminders That Representation Is Everything

The fight is worth it.

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1. It's a potent and wonderful feeling when you spot something that shows you the world's possibilities.

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2. Sometimes that happens simply because a person or a character exists in public. (And that existence is a bolder act than it's given credit for.)

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4. When you lack images of yourself in the art and media that claims to showcase the world – or when those images are warped, or ugly – it creates a palpable thirst for something more.

6. But when it is there?? IT'S GODDAMN MAGIC.

7. The battle for diversity in representation is never really a thing that goes away – it's uphill and it's always, because we keep finding ways to slide back.

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10. There's a feeling in your gut that comes when something in art and/or media recognizes something deep in you.

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11. It can be pure magic.

12. It even has the power to propel you into your future – like when Lupita Nyong'o saw Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and the rest of the cast of The Color Purple and knew there was room for her to be an actor, too.

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15. Or in seemingly small moments that remind us that we are not alone in our experiences.

16. It's a pretty rad thing to feel seen.

Representation matters. To me, T'challa looks like my dad. My sister is a dora milaje. And you all get to see my people as asskicking royals

17. When it's there it feels so good.

Representation matters. Why? This is why. https://t.co/F0EKEfxhbm via @JacobSHall

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20. That impact's real AF.

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21. I MEAN.

Gotta say I love how diverse #TheFlash is.My 5yr old daughter looked at me & said "Iris looks like me,we're beautiful" @candicekp #TheFeels

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