Through this class I have struggled with the idea that civil disobedience is still relevant. Even as I read This is an Uprising, I compare it to the U.S. now and have a difficult time seeing where change happens as a result. The messages are powerful and relevant. I go back to Black Lives Matter and think what has really changed since that movement started. Is it really any different? Only in May, the last trial of a police officer for killing an unarmed black man in Oklahoma,ended in a not guilty finding. Of the last 15 publicized cases, only 2 have ended in conviction.
Changing the subject, many protests have come up since the election. The fact that people are protesting a new president is not new, but the number of issues and how quickly protests have started is different. All of that aside, I don’t believe it has or will make a change. As much opposition as there has been to the rules banning people from Muslim countries, it is now in effect anyway. As far as I know our government is still pursuing the same issues regardless of public opinion or protest. Unfortunately popular opinion and the needs of the people do not direct our government’s actions.
I don’t want to imply people should just be quiet and go home when they disagree. What I do question is the effectiveness of current protesting. Is there a new way, or does it simply take years and the efforts now are directed at a payoff in 4 years?