‘How’ should black people protest?

A few days ago, Trevor Noah interviewed the blonde, millennial, controversial conservative Tomi Lahren on The Daily Show. During the half hour segment, Noah made efforts to genuinely understand Lahren’s thoughts and opinions on topics such as the Black Lives Matter movement, Trump’s future presidency, and immigration laws.

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Trevor Noah, hollywoodreporter.com

One “issue” Lahren currently has, is Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest the National Anthem, which has been a debatable subject of conversation for months. Lahren says that while she believes in Kaepernick’s first amendment right to protest, she also believes that she is exercising that same right by criticizing his method of protesting.

She went on to say that she thinks Kaepernick “went about [his protesting] the wrong way.” Noah, puzzled, sincerely asked, “What is the right way? How should a black person protest? If I march in the streets, people say I’m a thug, If I go out and I protest, people say that it’s a riot. What is the right way for a black person to get attention in America?”

I understand Noah’s confusion. It’s frustrating to hear constant criticism about the way in which  black people have expressed their grievances. Typically, if I don’t agree with the way something is done, I have an alternative in mind. Some people in Washington, D.C. drive to their destination, but I personally think that can be dangerous, and cause even more traffic and accidents. I think walking and/or taking the metro is be more feasible. If I say to someone”Don’t drive in DC.” The person with who I am speaking will most likely be waiting for a follow-up suggestion. I would then say, “Instead, you might want to invest in a metro card.”

Those who disagree with the way black people have repeatedly responded to injustices, I am patiently waiting for your ‘instead’.

People brain-storm solutions when they care. Some may invest a little extra time when it matters. And if you can only think of problems, instead of offering solutions, do black lives matter to you?


 

To continue the conversation:

For Trayvon, how should black people protest?

For Mike Brown, how should black people protest?

For Eric Gardner, how should black people protest?

For Freddie Gray, how should black people protest?

For Sandra Bland, how should black people protest?

For Tamir Rice, how should black people protest?

For the Charleston victims, how should black people protest? 

For Rekia Boyd, how should black people protest?

For Philando Castille, how should black people protest?

For Alton Sterling, how should black people protest?

For Walter Scott, how should black people protest?


 

Since Lahren clearly can’t answer the question, can you?

Author: Maya J. Boddie

Daughter. Sister. Friend. Lover. Giver. Writer. Dreamer. Doer.

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