Politics How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?  

Jacob Shelton
1.9k votes 201 voters 2.3k views 25 items

List Rules Vote up the forms of political self-expression that you think will produce actual changes in the U.S.

Protesting has never been about being liked. Whether peaceful protests were being led by Dr. King, or furious protests were descending into leaderless, lawless riot, they’ve always been about sending a message. But in an age where everyone so desperately wants to be liked, acceptable forms of protest are now something that people are discussing. Running parallel to this is the need to appeal to everyone. How is that possible when the entire point of a protest is to air a grievance in the hope of creating a systemic change?

These days in particular, seemingly every time someone protests - whether it's over racial bias in policing or the right to bear arms - whole swaths of America are offended by the very act of protesting.  So how are Americans protest in order to avoid being immediately written off by the very people they're hoping will rally to their cause?

Vote on the forms of political self-expression that are most likely to have a real impact on policy in America today.

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Contacting Representatives in ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Contacting Representatives in Congress

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84 20
Boycotting Businesses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Boycotting Businesses

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66 25
Signing a Mass Petition is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Signing a Mass Petition

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54 25
Holding Round Table Discussion... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Holding Round Table Discussions

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45 26
Writing Op-Eds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Writing Op-Eds

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54 37
Filing Lawsuits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Filing Lawsuits

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48 41
Arranging Sit-Ins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Arranging Sit-Ins

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42 34
Teach-Ins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Teach-Ins

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44 42
Waving Signs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Waving Signs

10
46 47
Marching Through Populated Are... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Marching Through Populated Areas

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38 40
All Night Vigils is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
All Night Vigils

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40 44
Memes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Memes

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28 38
Art Installations is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Art Installations

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26 43
Occupying Washington DC is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Occupying Washington DC

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19 37
Skywriting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Skywriting

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20 39
Linking Arms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Linking Arms

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33 62
Taking a Knee During the Natio... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Taking a Knee During the National Anthem

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20 42
Wearing Black Arm Bands is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Wearing Black Arm Bands

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26 62
Disrupting Candidates is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Disrupting Candidates

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16 44
Concept Albums is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Concept Albums

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17 47
Hashtags is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Hashtags

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27 73
Full Scale Rioting is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Full Scale Rioting

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14 57
Flash Mobs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Flash Mobs

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11 50
Staging Die-Ins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Staging Die-Ins

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11 58
Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list How Should Americans Protest if They Actually Want to Make a Difference?
Graffiti