Webster’s Dictionary defines protest as something said or done that shows disagreement with or disapproval of something.
As defined, the very nature of a protest is not polite because the protesters are demanding a company, organization or group to change their rules, procedures or policies because the protester or protesters view them as unjust.
There are various methods of protesting. Some protests are silent, while others are loud. Or dramatic, for example, protesters could block busy intersections, block front doors of businesses, and block production at drilling or construction sites.
The loud protest could include: drums, buckets being hit with sticks. Or protesters could be blowing whistles or simply use their voices to chant.
Don’t get it twisted. The chants, though simple, could be poignant so the message can #DoMoreThanScratchTheSurface and unify a crowd and help listeners understand their mission.
Just as methods of protests are different so are participants.
A protester could be one person or a crowd of people. The protesters – #NunsOnABus – could decide to ride on a bus and travel from state to state and participate in rallies or demonstrations.
On the other hand, protesters can occupy an office or a floor in a building. Or, they sit at restaurant counters, participate in a “die-in,” or stare at people eating brunch while holding a sign, fist or simply march while holding signs.
The methods are different. Yet, there are the same because at its core the protester or protesters are attempting to pressure, persuade or influence the target to change. Most of all, they are the same because undoubtedly, these actions are going to inconvenience, offend, provoke, annoy, derail plans and make some down right angry.
And that’s what a protest is supposed to do because protests aren’t polite or pretty.
By Tara J., the advocate with the hip hop twist