The Importance Of Activism

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A word often associated with protesting is activism. Activists are people who are looking for positive change in society (“What Is An Activist”). Activism is a broad term; there are people that seek change in society but don’t call themselves activists, yet they are activists. Activists can change society in a very small to very big way, but the keywords for activism is “positive change”. Activists claim they seek positive change, but who defines positive? Many protests are controversial. Take the Harambe incident for example. Harambe, a 17-year old gorilla, was fatally shot at the Cincinnati Zoo when a 5-year old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure. The gorilla was shot because he was dragging the boy across the moat inside the enclosure. …show more content…
White knows that Occupy Wall Street was a failure, but he says that the movement was not a waste of time. White suggests that “revolutionary theory progresses through experimentation and failure” (Urbina). White says that activists will claim that their protesting is working because they have raised awareness and spread conversation on the topic. Yet, this is due to social marketing, simply starting up conversation and get people talking (Urbina). This is not actually creating change, just creating talk. Activist claim their goal is to achieve change, yet most protests simply create conversation and debate, not that revolutions …show more content…
Protest is anywhere from a simple letter, speech, or a banner, to marches, boycotts, or strikes (Sharp). Yet, these things mostly just cause discussion and no real action. How do we cause real action? How can we change the world? There are infinite ways to make a positive difference. The first step to making positive change is to be positive. Influence is a huge part of our society. If we simply live our life in reflection of our opinions, that can have a huge effect on someone else’s opinions, other than simply throwing it in their face with a protest. Next, we need to respect our neighbors (Bourgeau). Everyone needs to understand that, as humans, we hold the right to our own opinions. This means that we need to learn to agree to disagree. Most importantly, let beliefs, knowledge, and understanding guide the way. We all possess the right to stand up for what we believe in, so find something to be passionate about and stick up for it, while being respectful of the rights of others to do the same. Truly, there is no need for protesting; we can be of influence to others by simply living a life full of value, worth, kindness, and

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