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“How does standing on a bridge yelling about police violence in Des Moines help Black folks in Baltimore?”
“Okay, this is all well and good, but what are the next steps? When are we going to take action?”
“It’s hypocritical for folks who’ve never said or done anything about police brutality before to suddenly show up, holding a sign as if they care now.”
“What does a protest accomplish anyway? Does it really do any good?”
These kinds of questions seem to swirl around calls for people to show up at protests. I’ve heard them with increased frequency in my own contexts since protests of police violence against black and brown communities began to garner pervasive national attention last August.
Three concessions I make to such questions:
- Protests don’t (alone) generate legislative solutions or changes in laws.
- Protests don’t (alone) lead to concrete outcomes and social change.
- Protests don’t only attract…
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