Youth Protestation

Youth+Protestation

Fabian Patino

Youth Protestation

By: Fabian Patino

Since before Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the issue of peaceful protest has been a focal point for much debate, but in our generation, the controversy has shifted to the protesting done by youths.

Protesting has become the voice of the masses of individuals that are underage and feel the need to voice their opinions, and has been an efficient method of bringing political change by average citizens. For individuals that can’t vote, but need their stances to be seen, protesting offers a unity that is unrivaled.

It is true that it can be dangerous for individuals to come out and publicly protest,as they are just one person, and history has shown us how deadly civil unrest can turn out. This can be seen as many protesters end up being arrested for their actions, especially when peaceful marches begin to turn violent, as seen in the anti-Trump protests in Chicago and Washington D.C. Unfortunately, the image of this grim reality is what drives people away from protests.  

Nonetheless, there is still strength in numbers, and protesting  is still one of the most effective ways to practice your first amendment rights. It is perfectly legal to peacefully protest as long as you know your rights under the first amendment.  As seen from past protests all over the world, it is clear that this method of action is productive. The best way to look at this is, is to focus on the overall numbers in these marches, some reaching in the hundreds of thousands; if you have an opinion, chances are someone agrees with you and is willing to fight for that ideal.

It is apparent that common ground can easily be found on a multitude of issues ranging across the country, so more likely than not, people agree with you. If you are an individual that is upset with something, want something changed, or want your opinions heard, there will always be at least one person that’ll stand with you. It is undeniably true that change comes from amassing power, and this is the greatest way to bring attention to any plight.

Moreso, people who refuse to take action to support their ideals and convictions, simply submit to the opposing power, they accept defeat. Nothing changes if no one speaks up, and there is a certain unity brought up by amassing in opposition, and there is growth in a movement because of that spark which started the fire of controversy. In Egypt, an ongoing revolution spanning from 2011-14 began with  a sit-in at a town square in Cairo; over the course of the protest, the revolution grew so large it and spread to so much of the country, it overthrew two government regimes. But the truly remarkable part of the revolution, was that it was started by mostly young people, majority of them in their thirties or younger.

Protesting will always be a way to present opposition, and bring about change to the world we live in. The greatest question to ask yourself when debating protest is, “If I care about something but refuse to fight for it, do I care at all?”