Is protest futile? No.
Protest, and standing up for one’s values though it, is debated. Does it work? I just want to address one argument against protest. Often, I hear something like, “If you don’t like something, the worst thing you can do now-a-days is to protest against it because you’re just drawing more attention to it.”
The statement can be broken down into an argument like this.
- If you act out against something with which you disagree, you just draw attention to it.
- If you just draw attention to it, you further it’s success and growth.
- You don’t want to further it’s success and growth.
- Therefore, don’t act out against something with which you disagree.
This is a terrible argument with plenty of counter evidence. Non violent protest, for example, has changed history. Here is evidence:
Therefore, premise 1 false. Protest, aka “acting out”, does not always JUST draw attention. At least sometimes, it’s justified and works.