Written February 11, 2017
“Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger, or insecurity. Evaluate your words before you let them leave your lips. Sometimes it’s best to be quiet”
I was going to write something else for this quote but after seeing all these protests I felt the need to express myself.
As I sit in my comfy clothes, my comfy chair, in my comfy house and sipping my coffee while watching the news I can’t help but be puzzled. News reporters who get entrenched in the protests occasionally get someone to talk on live tv to discuss why they are protesting and what their goals were. Many of their answers were different but one theme was a constant. To get rid of President Trump.
Don’t get me wrong, protesting has been one of the things that you and I can do to bring about change. Throughout American history their have many protests for various reasons and some of them have been successful in achieving their goals. Here are just a couple of the more memorable ones in our history.
Our history of protesting began with the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Simply put, the Boston Tea Party took place because the colonists did not want to have to pay taxes on the British tea. This protest was a catalyst that set the stage for America to become independent.
From 1848 to about 1920 was the Women’s Suffrage Movement. This era of protest was to fight for a woman’s right to vote, to serve in government, to own and control her own property, to get a good education as well as legal and civil rights as married women. There are many countries that don’t allow women to speak out of turn – even today.
From 1954 – 1968 was the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement. I combine these together because one was born from the other. The purpose of the Civil Rights Movement was to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans. It was also to secure legal recognition and federal protection of the citizenship rights listed in the Constitution and federal law. By the mid-1960s, dissatisfaction with the pace of change was growing among blacks.
The term “black power” has been around since the 1950s. The movement grew out of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Black Power” expresses a range of political goals, from defense against racial oppression, to the establishment of social institutions and a self-sufficient economy. It also emphasized pride in black culture. The Black Power movement took large strides toward black equality, and it’s been praised for its activism. It’s also been criticized for its isolationism because the name itself was divisive. Many empowerment groups embraced the phrase black power
These 3 examples of protest are all different but they have one thing in common, they all had a unified message with one central goal. They also did achieve the goal of change that each of them was seeking. Was there violence in any of these? Sure. Was that violence justified? Maybe, but probably not in all of the cases. Were the protesters focused on what they were trying to achieve? Yes. Finally, were their goals reasonable and logical? Yes and yes.
My point to all of this is that there are many reasons to protest the things our government has actually done. Today many of the reasons that protesters have given for most of the recent protests are illogical. This does nothing more than drive the divisive wedge deeper among Americans. Stuff like President Trump is a racist, a misogynist, comparable to Hitler or Mussolini and so on. Then a certain person on a certain news channel said the followin in regards to a certain group of people who met with (then) President Elect Trump, “…a bunch of mediocre negroes being dragged in front of the TV as a photo op for Donald Trump’s campaign against black people…” Really?!
Now I ask you, do you really think President Trump is going to roll back Civil and Women’s Rights? I highly doubt that. I think the reason he’s so feared by many is that yes, he will bring change for ALL Americans. Many people fear change, but it’s going be positive changes for ALL Americans. The majority of mainstream media does not exactly highlight the president in a favorable light. While I could continue down that road and point out why he’s painted in such ways, I choose not to. I want to end this on a more positive note. What we really need today is solutions not slogans. We all know what’s wrong in the world. Now, for goodness sakes, let’s point out what is right in the world and then come up with solutions to fix what’s wrong. Better yet, get involved or go vote so your voice is heard that way. If you didn’t vote, then sit down and be quiet or run for a political office so your voice can be heard.
Thought for the day: Right now it’s not about you it’s about a country, OUR country. It’s about the healing of OUR country after a long and grueling political cycle and longer. Did you vote? No? Then sit down and be quiet. If you don’t like what you see then I encourage you to run for office