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Why I don’t do marches anymore — #blacklivesmatter


I loathe marches, demonstrations, rallies and protests. I understand the role they play, but my strong anti-march sentiment is rooted in their false promise for change.

Yes, marches and rallies are effective tools to galvanize the masses and increase awareness. And via their powerful optics, marches and rallies attract world wide media attention. They capture the ear of the powerful and elite as well.

But chanting “Black Lives Matters” or blocking traffic during rush hour will not produce the desired effect. In plain words, saying, shouting or demanding that BLM will not make black lives matter.

Marches and demonstrations provide psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions. They help channel deeply rooted anger and frustration.

Drama or Resolution?

However, after the raw uncut emotional expression, What comes next? After the march — with the institutionally racist system still firmly embedded in our police departments — when does the strategic and intellectual proactive planning to affect genuine change take place?

My anti-march madness is derived from the scarcity of participation by zealous marchers to do the roll-up-the-sleeves grunt work to advance the course. I find the disconnect appalling: Too many want to debate, confront, complain; and not enough bodies to do the heavy lifting.

As friendsforebonie.com writes:

The real work happens when there’s no marching, there’s no protesting. The real work happens at the polls during the primaries or a non-presidental election. The real work happens as members of your community-based organizations, at your local city council town hall and in our churches. The real work is not on social media. Social media is great for promoting a message but not change itself. Marching for a day, for a few hours is not going to change anything.


One thought on “Why I don’t do marches anymore — #blacklivesmatter

  1. TruthTold

    You wrote, “I loathe marches, demonstrations, rallies and protests. I understand the role they play, but my strong anti-march sentiment is rooted in their false promise for change.”

    Do you really understand the role they play? Because it doesn’t sound like it. Marching alone doesn’t “promise” anything except what it represents. There still needs to be action associated with just “marching.” It appears to me that “you” were marching under the “false promise that CHANGE was going to occur as a result of Marching”, and that is not only an ill-informed notion, but a dangerous one.

    Marching in protest demonstrates the power of the masses who all stand for something. And the day we lose mass demonstrations that can generate nationwide publicity, boycotts, etc, is the day we lose a most useful and powerful tool in our arsenal. MLK Marched and he also worked, then Marched somemore, he boycotted and spoke, and Marched again. As a result of his tireless Marching and Working and Boycotting, the Civil Rights Movement was born. Laws were changed.

    Say what you want, do what you want but bad-talking marches just because “YOU” don’t see the value in it anymore, is low. Instead of working against the Marching, a more respectable thing to have done would’ve been simply to just write this piece on another suggestion in addition to marching, that will help progress the change you want to see. Negativity is not what the world needs right now. If you don’t want to march, then fine. No one is forcing you to, but there’s no need to be a crab in a barrel writing articles to the masses why marching is ineffective in your opinion. This is why good can’t win for trying…to many people would rather spend their precious time writing negative articles about something positive that others are trying to do. Matter fact, a March in Atlanta was successful in shutting down two major interstates for a while the other day – that’s effective, even if you don’t think it is. And if necessary the people can assemble and do it again and again, until changes are made. THAT’S what Marching CAN DO.


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