Breaking a norm for the best reason.
Although it is often considered taboo to discuss politics during a Thanksgiving dinner, a teen from Baltimore, Maryland was able to raise awareness about an important issue at her family’s holiday feast by wearing it on her clothing.
19-year-old Rebecca Malstrom wanted to wear a Black Lives Matter T-shirt during her family’s Thanksgiving dinner, but she was told that political discussion was forbidden during the meal.
“There’s a stern ‘no politics rule,‘” Malstrom told BuzzFeed News. “But I don’t think it’s really such a radical or controversial statement to say that ‘a certain group of people don’t deserve to die because their skin is inherently seen as a crime.'”
When she went to her room to change her shirt before Thanksgiving dinner, Malstrom daringly decided to wear another Black Lives Matter shirt instead.
She posted photos of her outfits on Twitter, and the story soon went viral. As of Monday, her post has received over 120,000 likes.
When you're told to change ur shirt before Thanksgiving Dinner so you happily oblige 🙂 pic.twitter.com/T8pabtK7D8
— jingle becca🎄 (@rebamals) November 24, 2016
Although Malstrom covered her Black Lives Matter shirt with a sweater during Thanksgiving, she eventually wore the same shirt uncovered at a “friendsgiving” dinner with her family on the following night. She also disclosed to her family that her Twitter post on the subject went viral.
“I love my entire family to Pluto and back, but we don’t see eye to eye on politics. However, they have all shown their support and are so proud of me for standing for what I believe in,” Malstrom told Mashable. “Even though not all of my family agrees with my political views, everyone was ecstatic to see how much of an impact I had on the Internet.”