How to Protest Properly

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Protests are not uncommon. I am confident that at one point in our lives, we have seen protests occur or may have participated in one ourselves. No matter how big or small a protest is, protesting is a right the citizens of the United States have under the Constitution. Free speech is a right that should never be taken away, however, I feel more often than not exercised improperly. Individuals tend to argue in ways that are ineffective or harmful.

Everyone should be allowed to speak their opinion, and in fact, I encourage people to fight for what they believe in. However, I feel that this is often done in an unconstructive way. 

In my opinion, unconstructive arguments include hate speech, lack of evidence, and general assumptions. 

By insulting an opposing party, it is unlikely the insulted party will suddenly “have a break-through” in their thoughts and side with the hateful speakers. A protestor who is arguing properly would never use insults because they do not provide any sustenance to their claims. Protestors should not aim to belittle a party for their beliefs, because this will not help to cement their claims and would cause much more conflict within a community, nation, or group of nations.

Furthermore, hate speech should never be used. Hate speech only exacerbates problems and distracts from the true argument at hand. 

 Protesters should instead use evidence to support their claims. They should make draws from current events and past events, in which what they are fighting for was a “correct decision.” 

Protesters should not make general assumptions of the reactions from the people and assume that their way of thinking is the only proper way of thinking. They would take into consideration the opinions of the public and understand how their actions might affect them.

If an individual were to go to an event to protest against the nature of which it is being held, they should protest calmly. By attacking individuals either verbally or physically, they are causing more problems. 

People must respect other people’s opinions. I am not insisting that we always agree with what everyone is saying and doing, but we must try to understand why one person has a differing opinion from ours. We have to empathize and be open to ideas that are different from ours. If we remain close-minded and focus only on our beliefs, the conflicts will never rest and compromise will never become possible.