Resistance as a positive force
I do not condone unrestrained resistance, chaos, or anarchy. However, controlled, critical goal-oriented resistance leads to positive change, and youth is the force that drives this innovation. People talk about thinking outside the box, and this quote represents what that really means. Signs impose boundaries and restraints in thinking.
The trick is to find the means of resisting that moves in a positive direction. For example, ripping down a stop sign may not serve a useful purpose, but think of the signs that were found across the south identifying color for bathrooms, restaurants, and hotels. Youth and enlightened elders must think through the signs to test their validity, checking the majority of elders who feel their job is to erect new signs, boundaries, and restraints.
Where would we stand on Civil Rights were it not for the Greensboro Four, Rosa Parks, and Minnijean Brown, of the Little Rock Nine, who conspicuously and intentionally defied signs?
Minnijean Brown was suspended for calling a girl "white trash" after an incident in the lunch room at Little Rock Arkansas.
s"I just can’t take everything they throw at me without fighting back. I don’t think people realize what goes on at Central. You just wouldn’t believe it. They throw rocks, they spill ink on your clothes, they call you 'nigger,' they just keep bothering you every five minutes. The white students hate me. Why do they hate me so much?"
I admire the courage of those who stand against the injustices of signs that restrict freedoms and enforce prejudice. I am impressed by individuals, youth especially, who have the courage to question, resist, and protest.
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By Darin L. Hammond
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