Political protests can lead to positive change personally

By Beanie Taylor - beanietaylor@elkintribune.com

Beanie Taylor

Weekends used to be something to look forward to, but for many people they have ended with such dissent that they look on them with a touch a dread.

Sunday, that day which has been designated as a day of rest and thus a day of sports, has become a day of arguments, and not about who will win.

There will be no winners this Sunday.

On Monday morning, media, both social and traditional, will be inundated with tales and opinions of what happened on television screens across the country and around the world having nothing to do with defense although offense will be prominent.

Meanwhile the point has gotten lost.

As Americans who claim “freedom and liberty for all” argue about the right of high-priced entertainers to protest and the way they choose to do it, very few people will bother to mention that it was started because a single individual decided to bring attention to the fact that people are still in fear of their lives because of the way they look.

Meanwhile a territory of the United States continues to be without basic services longer than most of us have been without our cell phones.

As Americans argue about rights and regulations for protesting, many of whom do not realize there’s more to the United States than just the 50 places with stars on the flag, people in Puerto Rico fight for survival knowing their resources and reality is forever restrained.

Meanwhile you and I sit here enjoying our coffee and paper with our thoughts and opinions of what we see and hear, allowing ourselves to be caught up in the circus.

As Americans it is our right to speak up when we feel something is wrong. As humans it is our responsibility to act when we know something is wrong. As thinking individuals we have the resources to go beyond what is handed to us to know.

As the weekend transpires, I challenge everyone to join me in seeking out more than what is on the screens in front of us. I encourage everyone to ask for reasons, and listen without intending to respond so as to better hear and hopefully understand.

Just as importantly, I ask each of you to make it a point to help. Help your parents harvest the garden. Help your neighbor bring in groceries. Help people who are starving by giving to a charity. Help yourself by being more kind today than you were yesterday-always.

Beanie Taylor is a staff reporter for The Tribune. She can be reached at beanietaylor@elkintribune.com, 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.

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