As you probably know, there have been a few incidents recently regarding police officers, and the black community. Of all of the groups of angry people in the United States, this group is one of the few that are justified in their complaints. However, for some reason, a common form of protest seems to be walking on the freeway. 41 protestors were arrested this this morning in Minneapolis for blocking traffic on I-35W. The group claimed to be supporters of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. A bit ironic that their ideal way to inspire progress and change is causing traffic jams.
- Literally Everyone on the Road Will Hate You
If someone needed your advice on how to gain support from the public on a cause you’re fighting for, would you tell that person to get as many people as possible and have them stand in the middle of the road? Why would any of these people being affected by the traffic jam have any reason to listen to what you say? You just made them late for work, which probably cost their company money. Good job, you just contributed to the national debt.
- The Police Are Wasting Their Time
There are a lot of people who think that cops don’t do their jobs. Some think cops are power hungry people who peaked in high school and need a new way to feel important. Now, I don’t think that. But, one way to make sure a police officer isn’t doing their job properly, is to require a large police force to escort you off a freeway which you decided to block. Rather than dealing with real crime, or playing Pokemon Go, you’re forcing the police to deal with your childish temper tantrums.
- There Are Better Ways to Protest
Now I realize that sometimes to create change you have to break some rules. I get that. But there are so many more productive ways to protest that don’t result in 41 pointless arrests. The people who got arrested didn’t do anything productive for their cause. Rather than peacefully protest in a safe and respectable way, these people decided to put their own lives, and the lives of those driving, on the line.