American Traditions of Protest

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The Boston Tea Party was a protest most people didn’t agree with. It was somewhat violent, costly, and caused a lot of problems with our adjunct parental figure- the British. Today, we learn about it in classroom’s like it was some amazing moment that everyone agreed with.

How could someone disagree with that?

The Civil Rights Movement is taught today in history class as a turning point for the black community. It’s taught as bold, brave, and beautiful- Martin Luther King Jr. as the hero, the white oppressors the villains. How could anyone ever be on that side?

“I would never be that person.”

Or are you?

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

-Desmond Tutu

On Facebook (*shudders), people have been calling for the world to “get over it.” People say “Love each other! Why are you so mad?” Friends say,”Stop being so hateful! So Negative!” A friend of mine posted on Facebook, “Why riot? It solves nothing!”

My answer to those people is simply that they are wrong. Half of the people in this country have rights because of protest. The black community. Women. LGBT people. What do you think Rosa Parks was doing when she said,”nah.” People didn’t appreciate it then. The world said, “just get up.”

She said,”No.”

Protest is as American as you can possibly get. We wouldn’t even be a country without it. Yes, it sucks. It’s inconvenient. But just think about how privileged you have to be to find it an annoyance.

So as Anti-Trump protests stretch into there 5th day in many American cities, I can’t help but value the anger. (

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