Stand Up, Fight Back
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
About a month ago I experienced my first protest. It was pretty spontaneous, so I didn’t have much time to think before hand. As I was nearing San Jose City Hall, I was extremely nervous as to the outcome of the protest. Right as I passed a tall building, the sun shone on where the protest was. Hundreds of people were standing with different signs together. I stepped out of the car, an exhilarating feeling overcame me. I took my camera to start documenting, but I had to put it down first to read the different signs people were holding. “We Will RESIST” and “We The People, Created Equal” to name a few. There were many others: quotes that sparked hope, pictures of diverse races, and apparel with similar context.
I don’t think you truly understand how powerful a group of people or a movement can be, until you’ve stood among them and with them. Until you hear them describe what they’re fighting for. Until you listen to them share their stories. You can feel that pain which drives a hunger for change.
The possibilities are endless. I do not say this to just ignite hope, because there is living proof of this. We are not limited to the preexisting circumstances. We are not confined by what others think. We are who we are shaped by preexisting instances, but not limited to. We live in a government constructed by preexisting experiences, but not limited to. We can always stay the same, if we like where we are standing. But if there is something that inspires you to change something; it could be anything. It is at that exact moment that you become invincible. Sometimes what inspires you to change something is not always describable. It’s more of a feeling.
It is important to never stay silent. When I think of silence, what comes to mind aren’t the ones who are but the ones who weren’t. I think of the ones who fought for equality and freedom. The ones who sacrificed more than we could ever imagine. The ones who fought back. Because silence can easily shape us and if you decide to be it or to break it, you can shape the world around us. Whether you are standing with millions or standing alone you’re still standing, you’re still fighting. So when there is a need for change, but it all stays the same, what will we do? Stand up, fight back.
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -m.l.k.