When injustice leads to death, protest is an appropriate way to mourn | Steven W Thrasher


As students organize after the Florida school shooting, they are honoring their classmates’ lives by building a better future

The powerful should never tell relatively powerless people who are protesting for their very lives how they should be behaving.

That’s what was happening when a conservative pundit criticized Parkland students for organizing the March for Our Lives. It was, she said, “quite interesting that the children survivors haven’t even buried their friends, grieve, get over shock but have had the time to plan for a march, come up with a creative hashtag, get their story to all media outlets all in such a short amount time”.

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Policing the appropriateness of mourning is a way of saying “stay in your place”

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