By Ethan James, Trending Writer
The recent protests in the United State show that there is unrest with certain circumstances and social issues within our society. The subjects have been touching the social and political landscape as people are frustrated and motivated to speak out.
The NFL kneeling during the national anthem sparked outrage from servicemen and fans alike. The emotions supporting such protest and those which find it controversial are both valid. They make us think about whether or not this kind of protest should be allowed, which is very challenging.
The white-nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the alternative rights movement were protesting their right to rally and speak out against things had been under the Obama administration and to unite in their goals. This protest was met with heavy counter-protesting and lead to the death of a protester. The cries of these protesters was drowned out by far greater protest in both volume and substance when the city of Boston chose to launch a counter-march, challenging the idea that a minority’s hate and bigotry could be allowed to flourish under the new presidential administration.
Women have lead some of the year’s largest and moving protests, challenging the new administration on multiple fields. From direct protesting of the inauguration of the president to the political agenda of Congress, women were out in full force to challenge the notion that certain issues were going unnoticed. Women’s March collected hundreds of thousands of women protesting the election of a president who underplayed his bragging of sexual advances against women as simple “locker room talk”. But, the Day Without a Woman and The Handmaid’s Protests were also demonstrated in droves of women in support of each other and the issues they face.
This fight is not over. As frustration of the current administration and certain legislation being passed, the protests are not going anywhere. The energy, already realized after the Women’s March, is being harnessed in a new form of protest, the ballot box. Known by many as a weakness of the Democratic party and third-party or no-party citizens, the mid-term elections is where the voice of the many is stifled, as both the significance and turnout for the mid-term election is low.
Those who follow the Women’s March, Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, and many other protests that have been present over the past year are realizing this is where the energy of protesting needs to go. So, let’s see how organizations rally and determine the future they wish to see.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 13th print edition.
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