Reader Shares List of Reasons Why People Are Afraid to Protest or Reject Enslavement

An astute reader sent me a marvelous list of reasons why people tend to be afraid to resist terrible things, even when they are being horribly damaged in various ways. Here is the letter:

Dear Jennifer,

Here are some ideas I have in response to why I think/feel/intuit that Americans are not protesting our plight more.

I can think of several reasons the American people accept their encroaching enslavement:

1. If they are employed, they are too afraid of losing their jobs in a fragile economy to get up and protest against injustice. They are economically fragile and they know it.

2. People only tend to protest that which they feel directly affects them. Witness the huge protests about Trayvon Martin by blacks. They tend to be absolutely silent about topics other than racial injustice or about racial injustices against other races. They are strangely silent about the black on black holocaust within their own communities, nevermind something like Snowden’s information. Another example would be the pro-life crowd. They are silent when people die from treatable medical issues but absolutely enraged at abortions, even for women who have been raped.

If you saw what I saw — a 10 year old girl pregnant by her own 12 year old brother and forced to have the kid because Medicaid and insurance would not help pay for an abortion — you might rethink your so-called pro-life stance! But ideologues do not think or intuit; they simply emote.

3. People are just too damned tired and busy to do much other than sign email petitions. Other sorts of protests take time and hard work! As Greg Palast said, “Put down that mouse and go take action!”

4. Media drums slogans and rote propaganda into the heads of unthinking viewers. And they watch dog-eat-dog reality TV that encourages a Darwinian social order rather than co-operative activism.

5. The educational system is creating button pushing rote learners who learn simply to pass SOL tests. Independent thinking is discouraged, especially when it is not connected to SOL material.

6. McCarthyite name-calling keeps down protest. When I told some people I was anti the Iraq war and that it was a false front campaign for big oil and the Pentagon and to assuage the hurt macho ego of the Bush men, I was labeled Anti-American, a Commie, Satanic and worse by many people who otherwise liked me. I still have several conservative cousins who will not speak to me.

7. The “I am but one small voice” belief and that things are so out of hand that nothing much can be done.

8. People are so divided by so-call ideologies that they can not hold a civil discussion about what unites them and how they can unite against the dark forces. I, for one, am tired of being called a libetard and commie by the right and a racist and Nazi by the left the minute I have a differing opinion with them. How in the world can we work against the dark forces when we interact like “Nyah-nyah-nyah” grade school kids?

9. I believe the diets and drugging and media saturation of our children is creating (and has created ) a generation that is a combination of hostile, angry and even sociopathic kids on the one hand and docile, unquestioning sheep on the other. These are not the kinds of people that will proactively lead us into a better future.

You may publish this if you wish.


My quick comments:

Yes, the word “holocaust” to describe black on black slaughter happening every day in so many parts of America is sadly appropriate. I can underestand why African-Americans don’t want to bring further attention to it because they have worked so hard to better their circumstances post-slavery and don’t want to give too much energy to the damaged elements of their population. But still, it is never really talked about by whites or blacks in a way that could possibly help provide real solutions. Everybody gets too triggered and dialogue just gets shut down.

I loved your comment about the media: “And they watch dog-eat-dog reality TV that encourages a Darwinian social order rather than co-operative activism.” So true! I remember how wonderful it was to always be involved with performing arts like theater, improv, and music when I was growing up, because not only did I make wonderful friends, but it taught me how to work (and play) within a group and work together, happily, to get things done. When you’re performing in a complex three hour theater production, it takes loads of people working and focusing in synch, respecting each other, communicating. Doing these types of projects is invaluable to a kid or teen and arts programs that foster community in this way have been almost obliterated from most schools. And in schools in struggling areas, arts programs are even more important; and they rarely have even the most rudimentary of arts options available to them (versus affluent, predominantly white, suburban schools which enjoy rich donors and generous funding).

And lastly, this comment of yours was beyond brilliant: But ideologues do not think or intuit; they simply emote.

So true! If people weren’t so busy projecting hostility or allowing their emotions to trigger them into nastiness and close-mindedness, we could accomplish something. Each one of us has a piece of the truth and a legitimate way of looking at the world; it’s time we respect that in each other and build bridges instead of blowing them up!

These are all excellent points to ponder – thanks for sending them! :)


–Jennifer aka Lipstick Mystic



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