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Have seen a lot of moving speeches in my time, but @Emma4Change silently weeping for 6 minutes and 20 seconds in front of a million people on the DC Mall is the most profound thing I’ve seen in some time #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/zaWC0Km0gq— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) March 24, 2018
Youth activism has long been a venerable historical tradition in America -- from the Civil Rights movement to the anti-war Vietnam protests, to the Parkland school shooting survivors today. In all three of those examples, the moral force of the group's argument was buttressed by the very real stakes of their own lives in the balance.
These young people have more gravity and poise than so many of their elders -- particularly those whose inaction the activists deplore. Maybe this generational churn has a common feeling -- a tinge of status quo complacency, lazy corruption, and entitled hubris on the part of the so-called leaders of civil society; a groundswell of optimism, bravery, stre...
It's heartening to see many new faces and hear many new voices who may in the past have not explicitly considered themselves "activists," or who have felt a greater call to stand up against a political administration whose ideologies show every indication of running counter to a constitutional democratic framework.
If that describes you: THANK YOU! You are awesome. And if you're an Old Hat at this sort of thing, this post is for you too -- by way of initiating a civil dialogue with some of the fresh faces you see in your timeline or in your local community who may be exhibiting the following behavior:
Making claims that issue X, Y, or Z is "not important" or "not as important" as issue A, B, or C -- which is what we should really be discussing right now.
Here's why this behavior tends to do more harm than good:
There are a dizzying number of issues coming up, and many challenges being made to both constitutional democracy and American values -- no one can be an expert on or con...
There's something those of us in marginalized groups know instinctively, having lived lives long in opposition to a dizzying continuum of Absurd Moral Authority: from outright violence, to secretive "technical" manipulations of statutes designed to erode or remove rights, to vague and carefully unstated "wink wink nudge nudge" moments from individuals of authority who had some power to constrain us -- whether it's a boss (or potential boss), a teacher, a community figure, and/or perhaps most guttingly a family member.
We know the sting of being scolded for even daring an attempt at upsetting the Tautological Supremacist Meritocracy: "If you weren't worthless, you'd already be here by now!"
The British thought we would just roll over too
But we should remember one of the primary reasons that we as a nation even won our independence in the first place:
We were underestimated.
Lord North offered tax relief to the colonies that would help "defend the motherland" in February, 1775 -...
by TCP staff · October 8, 2012
PETA’s never been one to miss a good opportunity for spectacle. So when Pokémon Black & White 2 hit the shelves yesterday, it was quickly followed by the online release of PETA’s Pokémon Black & Blue. Finally fed up with being forced to do battle for their masters’ pleasures, a battered team of Pokémon fight to free their brothers and sisters from enslavement. You take the role of Pikachu, sporting a cruel chain collar and missing a chunk from your ear.
PB&B’s message isn’t necessarily horrible. It’s hard to argue that it’s somehow right to force sentient pets to fight for our amusement. But Pokémon has always been primarily a kid’s game, even if plenty of teens and adults also enjoy its adorable characters and surprisingly compelling gameplay. Dressing up Pikachu and other pets in bizarrely grotesque and exaggerated battle wounds — wounds that don’t exist at all in the actual game — feels a bit over the top.
Interestingly, Pikachu and compa...