I don't usually try to stray too far from the subject of writing and publishing in my blog. Since last week's election, however, I've found myself distracted by a lot of things that have nothing at all to do with writing. One of the things distracting me is the protesting that broke out after the election and still continues, and some people's reaction to the protests. Without wading into the politics of the situation, I want to talk about the nature of protest and its necessity in history.
There are some who have said that the people who are protesting now have "no right" to protest. To protest is the right of every citizen in our country, granted to use by the first amendment.
Our founding fathers themselves were protesters in their own right, protesting our rule by England. Without protesting, we would have continued to be England's property for a very long time. Without protesting (of a different kind), we would not have had the Civil War, and who knows how long slavery would have continued in our country. Without protesting, we would not have had the Civil Rights Movement or Stonewall.
Protesting is in our blood. To take it out now is to make a fundamental change to who we are as a nation.
To bring this post back to writing and books for a moment, protests also hold a valued place in our favorite fantasy books. Without protesting, Middle Earth would have fallen to Mordor and the wizarding world would have fallen to Voldemort.
There are plenty of other examples in literature, our history, and the history of other countries across the world that show how necessary protests are. Whether you agree with the reasons behind it or not, protesting helps us shape and reshape the world.
So, when someone says that the protesters don't have a right to protest the election, they are either ignorant of our country's history, or they're afraid the protests will actually work.
Need some fiction that deals with the struggle of good over evil? Check out Into the Darkness and The Taming.