There are protests in the streets, flags burned. Excitement and consternation all around us. Moratoria across America. Millenials are angry, and it is about time. I stand with you in your outrage, and your need to take back what you feel was stolen from you. It was stolen from me too.
I am Gen X, but I feel your pain.
It is your right to protest, and voice your political liberties. Such is democracy at its finest. Exercise your freedom of speech, but respect it also.
I was born into a family who firmly believes in civil liberties. Fight the power, stand up to the man. Use your voice for the greater good, yet be intellectual and fair. As my father always said, “If you raise your voice in an argument, it deafens the audience.” Not always heeding his advice, in anger I have screamed my beliefs. I will tell you how often bellowing my position has changed the opinion of someone else. Never.
In my family, if the world was crumbling, or the government was not giving us what we needed, or deserved, we were taught to do something about it. To use our voice, and to educate ourselves as best we could. Also, to be compassionate when doing so. I guess you could call us Hippies. Even activists. To be fair, I will give that title to my Dad, the one whom I have watched campaign for ethical practices, my entire life.
Including, becoming part of the bureaucracy, in which he always had told us to fight against. However, when he realized, he wanted a change, and his outcries fell upon deaf ears. He ran for city council and won, using his voice and diplomacy to start a movement. To make change.
It taught me a lesson.
To change something we do not like, often we have to become part of the team we oppose. It does not ascertain we change our viewpoint or the thunder in our belly fighting for a better world. It simply means we are using the system to improve the system. Utilizing our voice and clemency for a resolution and evolution, rather than dispensing anger, which will change nothing.
If you want to start a revolution, or to change the world you live in, protest, but do it peacefully. With forethought and rigor. Use your liberties with reverence, hold your freedom of speech close to your heart, and pair it with others who will stand with you.
I am not saying don’t be angry or hurt. For it is the fire in your belly that is provoking you to aspire to make a change.
Protest. It is your right. However, protest with dignity and composure.
Peaceful demonstrations have changed the course of our history. We do not call a riot a movement; it is a disorder, ending in violence, usually only giving more strength to the power you are fighting against. Removing any claims or voice you had.
Also, exactly why, if you are thinking of protesting this election, you need to reconsider the way you go about it. Rioting, looting, and burning flags will get you know where but bruises from a rubber bullet or the sting of tear gas scorching your eyes.
Again, I understand your anger; you were born into the world too busy for you. Sat in front of violent t.v. shows, video games filled with blood and gore, and asked to be quiet while your parents worked two jobs in a failing economy.
You were handed guns and told it is your right to bear arms, but don’t get angry and shoot them, this is just the way it is. Stifled by the internet and cat memes, perpetually hushed and told you are lazy, complacent and entitled. None of which was your fault, you were raised this way. Constructed with a broken system it is your right to fight back finally.
I merely beg of you to do it in peace, start your movement. Become a voice in a sea of broken sovereignty. Follow the leaders of movements in the past who accomplished peaceful change. Always fight for what you believe in, no one can silence you. History can and will change if the youth of our world decides it to be so. We have seen this in antiquity; it will happen if you use your freedom of speech with care and assertion.
There is no need for violence, turn your revenge inside out, put it on your chest and wear it like a peaceful badge. Build from here, use the platforms you have been born into. If Martin Luther King Jr., can bring over two hundred thousand peaceful protesters to Lincoln Square in the dead heat of August. Imagine what he could have down with the power of the internet. It was not called the civil rights riot; It was deemed The Civil Rights Movement.
Now chase your dream. Use your voice, build your movement.