I had to share this very poignant post by artist Ceschi Ramos
Every time you see a protest and it bothers your comfort or disrupts your day...remember...people complained when they saw Martin Luther King protesting too. People sitting on couches in their homes probably said things like,
"Look at those dumb people getting hosed by police. It's making a mess of the city. What will that accomplish?!"
"Look at those idiots breaking the law by sitting in white-only restaurants…that law will never change."
True change never ends in a voting booth.
True change doesn't come from accepting standards as "the way things are" and shrugging your shoulders when they don't work out your way.
We can all agree that there is plenty to be angry about in this country and world.
I don't know anyone who is just satisfied with everything staying exactly the same.
The biggest changes in history have only come come when united groups of people have directly opposed governments / leaders / laws that they felt were unjust.
Right now we could still be living in a country with public lynchings, Witch burnings, alcohol bans & buffets of dog meat (still legal in 44 states).
Luckily….people in the past cared enough to speak up about the unjust nature of (most of) those ways of thinking.
If you don't feel represented by your government…go out & make yourself heard…take back those bits of power & defend your friends.
Even if I may disagree with you or your actions - go ahead and speak your mind publicly. I may be right behind you - yelling at you. It's one of the privileges of living in this country.
Conservatives are mostly correct when they say "stop crying about it"….so wipe your tears, punch a racist in the face & then pick him up and read "A People's History of The United States" to him. You're more powerful than you think.