thinking a conversation I had with a late old friend who grew up in the 50's and 60's. There were protests about Eric Garner in Oakland, a city that had already protested Oscar Grant and countless other murders of unarmed black ppl. And he said "I'm surprised how mellow people are about this"
and I was confused, like "huh? people are angry. that's why they're protesting" but he asserted that they weren't angry enough

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Similarly, a quote from Ursula Le Quin: “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings." had me thinking about how much effort must have been needed to end monarchies. But it still happened, so we needn't think any social injustice can't be ended.

only just now realized I spelled Ursula Le Guin incorrectly u.u

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@alexlaw Blood was spilled. Lots of it. Look up the revolutions of 1848. Then of course the French revolution of 1789 too.

@bamfic yeah, I just mean it's different when you read about it in a history book vs carrying it out IRL

@alexlaw Interesting, yesterday the British Labour Party leader said of protesters dumping the statue of a prominent slave trader into a river that it was, "completely wrong" but "It should have been removed a long time ago". I don't think politicians get it, we are fed up of waiting for change (from out of touch politicians) so the time has come that we will enact that change ourselves.

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