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.

  1. If you act out against something with which you disagree, you just draw attention to it.
  2. If you just draw attention to it, you further it’s success and growth.
  3. You don’t want to further it’s success and growth.
  4. 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w

Therefore, premise 1 false. Protest, aka “acting out”, does not always JUST draw attention. At least sometimes, it’s justified and works.

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