Democratic Congresswoman Deb Haaland of New Mexico went viral on Monday, October 12, after posting her own version of the popular "How it started, how it's going" meme to Twitter.
Haaland—a Laguna Pueblo tribal citizen—made history in the 2018 election alongside fellow Democrat Sharice Davids of Kansas—a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation—when they became the first Indigenous women elected to Congress.
In Haaland's post, she shows a young version of herself protesting Columbus Day alongside a more recent image of her standing as an elected Congresswoman in front of a mural depicting her people.
How it started: How it's going: https://t.co/AvBW9fuJrl— Deb Haaland (@Deb Haaland)1602517051.0
The choice was fitting for more reasons than one.
Representative Haaland was featured in a Full Frontal with Samantha Bee video about Columbus Day.
Twitter loved Haaland's version of the meme and it quickly accumulated nearly 100,000 likes.
@Deb4CongressNM https://t.co/qofNAJnU71— Anita Quintanilla (@Anita Quintanilla)1602529528.0
@Deb4CongressNM https://t.co/lIyez2PJlt— Anita Quintanilla (@Anita Quintanilla)1602578674.0
@Deb4CongressNM @ElectionMapsCo As an Italian-American, I will never understand why so many in the community honor… https://t.co/BDuK7Y1cRY— Joe Petrizzo (@Joe Petrizzo)1602522071.0
In recent years, many of Christopher Columbus' atrocities lead people to suggest "Columbus Day" should not be a holiday.
Many suggested renaming the October holiday "Indigenous People's Day."
@Deb4CongressNM https://t.co/LE6ddB1n8k— Anita Quintanilla (@Anita Quintanilla)1602529549.0
@Deb4CongressNM Thank you so much for all you are doing and for representation in Congress!— Koala Kai 🗽 #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #BLM (@Koala Kai 🗽 #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #BLM)1602536640.0
@Deb4CongressNM Happy Indigenous Peoples’s Day! Honoring you and your journey. ❤️— Marcy Clark (@Marcy Clark)1602560277.0
Though the march of progress is often slow—and takes unexpected turns—humanity is still moving forward bit by bit.
Several states and cities have already ditched Columbus—including removing monuments to him—and adopted Indigenous People's Day instead.
@Deb4CongressNM Awesome. Just donated to a fierce woman!— Catherine Patterson ⚖️ (@Catherine Patterson ⚖️)1602527535.0
@Deb4CongressNM @DrDogMD1 Oooh, what a lovely squash blossom necklace! And what nice artwork behind you! I'm proud… https://t.co/qZt6LNULDT— Rufina Jinju Kang (@Rufina Jinju Kang)1602521972.0
@Deb4CongressNM I can't like this post enough! 😁❤— Jeff Kelly 🇮🇪☘🌊✊🏼#Resister (@Jeff Kelly 🇮🇪☘🌊✊🏼#Resister)1602551399.0
Haaland protested Columbus when she was young and turned her early activism into a life of public service today.
@Deb4CongressNM Columbus thought he had reached India because he was VERY bad at math. He calculated that the Earth… https://t.co/eHwf5Qc5lm— Anita Fleming (@Anita Fleming)1602538707.0
@Deb4CongressNM Proud to be represented by you, Deb!— taryn flesh 🧟♀️ (@taryn flesh 🧟♀️)1602524664.0
@Deb4CongressNM This photo makes me weep with the possibilities of the future. #Befierce— Miki McDee (@Miki McDee)1602521316.0
If you want to succeed on Twitter, you have to know how to use memes.
Congresswoman Haaland proved she can do just that.
@Deb4CongressNM Absolutely! Keep it going!— Robert - BLACK LIVES MATTER (@Robert - BLACK LIVES MATTER)1602533476.0
@Deb4CongressNM Best meme I've seen EVER— Billy Jack (@Billy Jack)1602543315.0
Haaland is running for reelection this November in New Mexico. You can learn more about Haaland here.