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By Danyell, February 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment
The violence from the government is real. I can’t protest, even peacefully, from
a jail cell while Obama is quick to judge other countries, but can’t speak even
for himself about what is ‘right’, let alone listen to angry, resentful, people who
cannot communicate their ideas clearly because they either haven’t been
educated as to how to do so, or they get so fired up that they end up pushing
me in line to get coffee while they are holding a protest sign—even though I
am often in agreement or share sentiment with at least one of their sign/‘s’
statements. There are prejudices and projections on/toward people who envy
the Colbert persona. Not all protesters are actually peaceful… some are
assuming bullies, just like the ‘the deciders’. To risk being locked up is to risk
having a voice, right? There is no progress without a perspective, without a
voice. Protesting costs lives in a country where being a martyrdom is welcome,
but suicide is illegal, and provoking violence is easy to do when there are plenty
of angry people who are quick to lose their temper as easily as the people who
lock them up. I cannot afford to stand next to one of those people—even if
that worry represents 5% of the protesters. Protesting online may not be as
direct a solution to solving problems in the country (to which we already have
the answers), but it doesn’t cost me my voice or my life where the people
evaluating my words have a monopoly on violence and don’t care what my
opinions may be to begin in the first place. So long as those in power have the
option to use violence, they don’t have to deal directly with issues in a peaceful
manner, or in a progressive manner. These words scare them. What if these
words were replaced and placed on a silver platter with euphemisms? That may
be childish, but if there are certain words, certain concepts, certain ideas that
scare people because of their connotation, their history, their definition/s, etc.,
then I would prepose bowing down to their demand for me to remain in the
dark about their dirty work by simply using language they can understand;
language they are not afraid ... of .. just so I can use my goddamned voice. Or
convince me why i should join the movement, and risk my voice, risk the
chance to make change directly, without risking my freedom in a predominantly
violent context (often, again, provoked by those who claim they are protecting
us from our abundance of knowledge).