As huge protests continue around the US, daily since the election was called, some people are angry. Some say they are sore losers. Some insist, inexplicably, that these are the very people who didn’t vote and are now upset. Some snark that the protestors should go find jobs or something better to do. Those people are not worth my digital ink.
For those of you who just don’t quite understand, but would like to:
What the protestors are hoping to accomplish
- The one flaw of democracy is that sometimes a majority wants something that will harm a minority. See also: slavery. Protest is one way for a minority to create public awareness about their plight. That’s why the framers were careful to enshrine the right to public assembly and people speaking their minds.
- Protests show just how many people care passionately enough to assemble, march and shout all day about an issue.
- Politics is not a team sport, and it’s not “game over” after the election is done. You can participate in democracy in many ways other than voting, and this is one of them.
- Protesters find like-minded people and network so that later on, they can do even more effective work to ensure they will not be left out, or worse.
- Demonstrations show the entire world that not all of its most powerful nation backs policies of racism, misogyny, hate, and foreign policy that’s strikingly similar to Putin’s.
- Per Sunless Nick in comments, they also “serve as a reminder that it’s Clinton, not Trump, who won the popular vote.” She’s up about 668,000 as I write this, and the margin will get bigger. You can watch for updates here – just click the “popular vote” tab.
- Per Craig Johnson in comments, protests also remind people that they are not alone. That we don’t need to be so afraid.
- Protests look a little like ground troops on the move, just without the guns. This reminds the powers that be that we have fought wars over civil rights before, and no one wants things to get that far again.