DOES PROTEST WORK?
PODCAST HOST: Good Morning everyone! It’s me Blessed_Heart. Today we are going to be discussing protests, and if they are an efficient way to raise awareness about a certain topic. Firstly, let's discuss what a protest is. A protest is a statement or action expressing disapproval or objection towards something. There are many different types of protest such as peaceful protests, destructive protests, and protests that are portrayed through a written declaration. Protests are a common way of speaking out against things that you don’t agree with. Some examples of recent protests could be the Black Lives Matter campaign, which started in July 2013, and gained a lot of recognition in June of 2020. Another protest was the Global Week for Future, which took place in 4,500 locations from the 20th of September - 27th of September in 2019. Today we have two special guests, who are going to be sharing their views about whether protests are as efficient as they are known to be, and if they really work.
GUEST 1: Hello everyone, it’s me Original_Bee. I believe that protests are an efficient and good way to spread awareness about a certain issue or topic that you are passionate about. Throughout history, protests have proven to be very useful and effective. They have proven to be an amazing way to get your opinions heard several times through history.
PODCAST HOST: Do you have any particular protests in mind? If so - can you explain why you believe these worked, and how effective they were?
GUEST 1: Recently, a campaign called Black Lives Matter took off. This campaign’s main goal is to get Black people to be treated equally to other races. There have been protests supporting this campaign all around the world. Black Lives Matter got most of its attention because of a Black man, named George Floyd, who was murdered by a white police officer against the charges of fraud. I believe that this protest made a change in the way Black people are treated around the world because people of various ethnicities came together to make a difference in how Black people are treated.
PODCAST HOST: What factors do you think are necessary for a protest to be successful?
GUEST 1: I believe that for a protest to be successful there needs to be a strength in numbers and ensure that all participants are able to fully comprehend the goal of the campaign. The location should be in a public place so that the word of the protest gets across to as many people as possible to support the protest. Some very successful protests make the news work in their favour, this is how they gain more supporters as they get the word across, which is why I think it is important to have newspaper companies or journalists on your side. For example, in the Black Lives Matter campaign - it is important that everyone realises that the goal is to get Black people to be treated equally to other races - not better than them because right now, Black people are being treated as inferior.
PODCAST HOST: That’s a valid point. What type of protest do you think is most successful; who do you think would share the same opinion?
GUEST 1: In my opinion, peaceful protests are the answer to getting your opinion heard. Violent protests often end in conflict (which in extreme cases can cause riots) which means that you would be opposing your government and giving them a reason not to listen to you. I think that parents would agree with me, as they would probably want their kid(s) to be safe and not have to deal with violence at such a young and impressionable age.
PODCAST HOST: Thank you Original_Bee for sharing your opinion today - i’m sure you have educated tons of people listening to this podcast.
GUEST 1: Thank you so much for having me!
PODCAST HOST: Well! We just received lots wof new information and opinions on this topic; I think it’s time to introduce our next guest - humorous_queen.
GUEST 2: Thank you so much for having me here today! I am excited to share my opinions (on this largely controversial topic).
PODCAST HOST: Do you think protests work? Why or why not?
GUEST 2: I think that protests help people to see the light in the situation and they certainly raise awareness but it doesn’t completely abolish the issue.
PODCAST HOST: Do you have any particular protests in mind to support your opinion?
GUEST 2: I would like to bring up the Black Lives Matter campaign. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the inequality that still exists in modern day society...but it still hasn’t managed to completely abolish racism and this can be put to the test by the murder of George Floyd in 2020. The start of the protests dates back to the end of the slave trade, which ended in the early 1800’s. Even though it has come extremely far over the past 2 centuries, the rights of coloured people haven’t come close to being equal and large handfuls of racist people all over the world still treat people of colour with extreme disrespect and inequality.
PODCAST HOST: What strategies do you think people should include when planning a protest in order to make it more successful?
GUEST 2: I think for a protest to be fully successful - you should try and have several members of the government on your side. This way - people will think twice before going against your campaign. Members of this government can also make new laws, which can be directed towards anyone who goes against your campaign in a violent manner. For example, hate crimes are illegal because a member of the government decided that they should be.
PODCAST HOST: That’s an interesting point! What type of protest do you think is most successful; who do you think would share the same opinion?
GUEST 2: I agree with Original_Bee that peaceful protests are the correct way to get your voices heard and to raise awareness. Violent protests can end in conflict which can lead to riots; this puts several lives in danger.This also means that you would be going against your government and giving them a reason not to listen to you. I also agree that parents and carers would agree with me, as they would probably want their children to be safe and not have to be exposed to violence at such a young and susceptible age. An example to represent the violent protests and riots could be the recent protest in Washington on January 6th 2021. The storming of the United States Capitol building was described as a protest, despite the lives lost during the riot, but before that - the Black Lives Matter protest was seen as a violent protest when - in reality - they had no intention and did nothing to harm the lives of others. This goes to show the inequality that is still implemented today and how unjust it is. This is why I do not believe in protests as they only stir up more political and physical conflict.
PODCAST HOST: Thank you so much for sharing your opinions with us today! We appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to talk to us!
GUEST 2: It was my pleasure, thank you so much for having me!
PODCAST HOST: That’s a wrap for today - thank you so much for listening to this podcast.
By: blessed_heart, humorous_queen and original_bee.