War on the Streets: Violence protests in society.


Jamie-Ann Aranda, Staff Writer

We’ve all heard the correct answer when it comes to protesting, “A peaceful protest is the way to go,” or something of that nature. Civil disobedience is another term to refer to peaceful protesting. That’s what most are bound to say, and believe that it is a process to follow when protesting.

We have powerful people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi that fight for justice through peaceful civil right movements. In school we are taught that this is the way to protest, this is how you make a change.

Throughout history we see just how long it takes to make a change through protesting peacefully and it’s very long if you ask me. For something so simple as to allow everyone to eat at the same diner it took a long time.

If it took years for that to happen with non violent protests and to actually HAVE violence used against those people when all they did was march, well it’s just ridiculous. The idea of using the violent protest technique has its pros.

We’ve had wars and wars that have lead to change even after all that bloodshed. They have shown, one can stand up for themselves, undermine authority and create a change in life.

Now, I hear what you’re saying, “Doesn’t war lead to loss on both sides of it?” Yes, I can agree up to a certain point that it has some truth. However, that is the beauty of it. Both sides are almost in ruin. Only one will prevail, and the other will lose. There will be a clear victor. And after you will see society prosper.

For example, most medical advances have derived from wars. So if you were to really think about it, and not allow society to brainwash you with a politically correct answer, people give to uphold appearances- then you might just be able to see what I am referring to.

Justice is what you may seek as a protester. But answer this question: what IS justice? According to Dictionary.com, justice is “the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness.” And who decides what justice is?, We do. It is what we recognize as good and evil.

We are constantly told what is good and what is evil. However, when it comes to protesting there are a variety of answers, there are advantages and disadvantages. There is no true way of good protest or bad protest. Whether it’s peaceful or violent, it will impact our society deeply. Both will create a change in the society even if one takes much longer than the other.

Though, I lean more towards the violence because it makes an even bigger impact on our society. With the use of violence it drags more attention to any issue that people need to address. It also helps get your point across in good things like the medical advances derived from war as I mentioned earlier. The only downside is that blood will be shed and it isn’t the best of things.

Everyone of course is entitled to an opinion. Whether you believe that violence is the answer or peace is the answer, it all lies in what you believe is the true meaning of justice.