Protesting has always been a key way to demonstrate unrest, to get media attention, at the very least it tells the world that a great deal of Americans are not going to let Trump ruin this country, we’re going to fight him at every turn. Also, it shows the people out there who are devastated and terrified that they are not alone, and that we will always stand beside them.
I am a woman, and a minority, I have a lot of friends who are POC, LCBTQ+, muslims, etc. When Trump won, I was receiving tons of texts asking me if I thought they’d need to leave the country, a muslim friend of mine who was too scared to wear her hijab, and one friend who did wear it, but was then followed around by assholes telling her Trump was going to kill her and her whole terrorist family. One of my friends who is gay is moving to Indiana soon, and is considering going back into the closet so he can avoid harassment and bigotry. There’s also the popular chant “Make America White Again!” and a million other examples.
I’ve been called some not-nice names by Trump supporters. ThWhen Trump won, I almost gave up. i was heartbroken and angry and a little bit afraid, but seeing those protests that broke out after the announcement allowed a little bit of hope to grow again. America is not going to take this lying down. The protests are important in so many ways, and I completely understand your POV, I used to not understand the point of protesting either.
However, it’s also important to note that people are doing far more than just protesting.
For example, I’m going to a march in January, and if any others pop up near me soon I’ll go to those too. But for right now, I’m setting aside money each month so I can make regular donations to the ACLU, I’m already working as an ESL TA (to help make money for college) and that involves a lot of outreach with our the families of our kids who immigrated here (side note, talking to them about Trump winning was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do), but I’ve been doing lots of research so I can find even more ways to help them, I volunteer at a women’s shelter (for people escaping domestic abuse), I’m a hospital advocate for victims of sexual assault, I’ve given presentations on safe sex, how to spot an abusive relationship, etc.
I also just started volunteering as a mentor with an organization aimed at empowering young girls to eventually become strong leaders in their communities, and I’m planning on joining the council on American-Islamic relations. So yeah, i’m protesting, but I’m also taking action. And most of my friends are doing the exact same thing (though truth be told, some of them do so much more than I could ever do, they are superheroes).
One thing that is easy that everyone can do is wear a safety pin on your shirt. It’s a symbol that lets people know that you’re an ally to anyone who is getting harrassed, so you’re safe to sit with, talk to, etc. A simple and pretty safe way to defuse a situation when someone is being harrassed, all oyu have to do is sit next to the victim and begin talking to them as if you were best friends, and ignore the aggressor COMPLETELY. Oftentimes he’ll eventually walk away, but what’s extra important is how much more secure the victim will feel, and hopefully restore some of their faith in humanity.
@Razgriz I just wanted to let you know that I also completely understand why you aren’t the biggest fan of protests , but if you managed to get through the giant block of text I really appreciate you taking the time to do so.
@Samuel_H_Young I’m so jealous that you’ve been to a rally already, and I’m glad you know how important these demonstrations are. keep fighting the good fight.