Friday, November 11, 2016
Protesting President Trump's Election is Misguided
I don't care for political street theater. I am glad that in a free country people who like to do that sort of thing can. But I think it is counterproductive, and usually self-indulgent.
Which is why I think the protests of President Trump's election are a bad idea. Just as I thought the protests of President Obama's election eight years ago were a bad idea.
I understand that there are many people who are fearful, my own students included. And some people have already been treated hatefully by Trump supporters, my own students included. The right response is for the police to prosecute the assailants.
Donald Trump did, indeed, empower the white nationalists. But protesting his election is to misdirect the anger at should actually be aimed at the actual wicked people on the ground.
Just wait. There will be plenty of substantive things to protest later.