Ask McFartnuggets: “What Does Protesting Accomplish?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
Do these people who protest the Michael Brown shooting and Eric Garner choking really think protesting will accomplish anything? Hundreds of people chanting in the street won’t get a court to reverse a decision. Chanting and blocking streets won’t get the police to think differently about how they treat African American men. As long as the protests are peaceful no one really cares. Nothing will change and eventually people will stop protesting until the next Black guy is wrongfully killed. And if the protests do turn violent that would probably make things worse. If people are violently protesting then that will make the police even angrier than they already are. Do these protesters actually think they’re accomplishing anything? -- Connor from Staten Island, New York

Dear Connor:
When people protest it’s usually not about accomplishing anything. It’s mostly about being so frustrated with what’s happening that you have to voice your opinion in public  with a bunch of other people. It’s really just a way for people to let off steam and show support for a cause. Plus, it’s also a fun activity for unemployed people. It’s a good opportunity to meet people who agree with you. There are a lot of networking opportunities at protests. Some people even go to protests just to get laid. In a world that is becoming more and more governed by the police, merely shutting down a street is seen as a victory to these protesters. It’s a false sense of accomplishment since nothing is really changing, but it’s a sense of accomplishment nonetheless. In a world where we are all feeling the tightening grip of the possible future of a police state, that sense of accomplishment is apparently sufficient enough to warrant spending a few nights walking around streets chanting.

Sadly, justice isn't blind, but there's a good chance you'll be if the police ever pull out the pepper spray.

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