How the Protests are Changing the World

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Samir Tusneem, Writer

These past few months, America has observed a number of protests that have been organized in order to advocate for change within society. After the controversial death of certain individuals, people all around the nation are beginning to stand up and take action to change the system that they believe discriminates against minorities. What some people may not know is that there are people around the globe that are responding to these protests with their own, using it as a motive for taking action against the discrimination against different groups in their countries. 

 

People believe that protests should be done in different ways. Some believe that protests should be violent in order to be more assertive and effective, as shown by a number of historical revolutions and dissents. Other people think on the other side of the spectrum, striving for peaceful protests to demonstrate unity and spread a message of peace and equality, as presented by one of the most prominent Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. With these two sides differentiating their opinions on how protests should be held, they both funnel into the same message: creating a better America. 

 

It is inevitable that not everyone will think the same, or have the same morals. However, it is still important that people come together to express their opinions in a way in which they aren’t reacting to people with other ideas in a negative way. There is no doubt that some morals should be understood by everyone, but unfortunately, there are still going to be some people who will continue to think otherwise. Some protests have resulted in unintentional conflicts, in which two different groups with opposite ideas clash in a violent way. An example of this was shown in Chicago when protesters clashed with Trump supporters during a rally. Another instance resulted in the tragic death of one individual when they were caught in between protesters and Trump supporters in Portland.

 

With this in hand, many people are questioning whether or not these protests are really effective. There are definitely pros and cons that come with protesting, in which most of the cons come from protests that result in a violent conflict with those who portray their opinions of the topic on the opposite side of the spectrum. However, protests have proved to be effective with their success in the Civil Rights Act, The March For Science, The Storming of the Bastille, The George Floyd Protests, and many more. Being able to protest efficiently and effectively can lead to significant change, as seen in the past. 

 

As America may seem isolated from the rest of the world in terms of the way it is dealing with its controversies, there are actually many people around the world who are taking actions against the injustices they face in their countries as well. The death of George Floyd sparked attention all over the world, with many people recognizing the fact that racial injustice still exists and is still a big problem. On June 7, British protestors tore down the statue of an infamous slave trader and threw it into the nearby Bristol Harbor. This statue has been a long disputed figure, and it was originally put up to honor the donations that Edward Colston had made for many buildings and landmarks. Finally, the statue was thrown into the water and provided a sigh of relief for many of the people who were against the statue and what it represented.

 

The United Kingdom was certainly not the only other country to have protested in response to the death of George Floyd. People in countries such as Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan, Brazil, China, Switzerland, Uganda, Kenya, and many more came together to push for justice against the tragedy that woke everyone up. In addition to the people, legislators from different countries such as Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement through tweets. Justin Trudeau showed his support for the movement by kneeling at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, and others have described the urgent necessity to address the racism and inequality within the world. 

 

Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, voiced his opinion about the protests in which he described the BLM protests as a turning point. He stated that it “

cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism.”

— The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo

” This was a common trend among the opinions of world leaders in which they believe that America has all of the resources it needs to take a leap forward in solving the long-lasting problem of systemic racism.

 

To this day, there are still many protests that are being planned out and enacted in order to keep pushing for change within America, as well as the rest of the world. With the amount of support being shown for the fight against racial injustice, there is no doubt that America, as well as the rest of the globe, is moving towards a brighter future of racial equality and unity.