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today's protesters

Posted by profoundtruths on 2010.02.12 at 22:03


kumokasumi at 2010-02-13 19:13 (UTC) (Link)
There are dicks everywhere, on all sides, at all times. Speaking from personal experience!, it's also unfortunately easy to be a dick when you're feeling self-righteous and know that you're right, like these protesters.

I wonder if "protest is good" is too simple a message. I think the point of what you saw is that you should tell your kids that protest needs to be thought through as much as any decision by leadership.

I'm not sure that they didn't achieve exactly what they wanted to, though: I'm not saying it's fair or humane, but scaring kids starts conversations at home. That really gets to people. It sounds like they got to you...
profoundtruths at 2010-02-13 23:04 (UTC) (Link)
"protest is good" is a simple message and for kids, complex concepts beyond that is a bit much to grasp. We did take the opportunity since we decided not to boycott the Beijing Olympics (my kids are summer sport athletes) to explain about human rights and how protesters are handled in China. I had a lot of friends that were at APEC and WTO and so I explained that to them as well, so I think in a lot of ways I have always painted protesters as defenders of freedom - it's like Utah Phillips who says his mom used to cut out stories of bank robbers and call them "class heroes".

To be targeted by the "good guys" really messed with them - one of my kids had nightmares about the whole incident yesterday. So it was a discussion, but I don't know that anything good came out of it other than sometimes people are dicks and I would have liked to have taught them that without it being people who I technically agree with, doing something I technically believe in but in such a fucked up sort of way.
kumokasumi at 2010-02-13 23:15 (UTC) (Link)
I hear ya. I'm really sorry if it sounded like I was trying to give you a lecture on parenting; I'm just a dumb kid!
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