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.
Contacting Representatives in Congress
Signing a Mass Petition
Holding Round Table Discussions
Marching Through Populated Areas
All Night Vigils
Occupying Washington DC
Wearing Black Arm Bands
Taking a Knee During the National Anthem
Full Scale Rioting