Protest makes some people uncomfortable, but talking about it — and the power of our freedom of speech — has to begin somewhere. In a picture book? With real examples and not bears marching for more honey?
Yes. We have to help children understand their roles as citizens, as well as the imperfections in our political systems and the real things that need to change to make our world a better place. Our views might differ on what those things are, but we must start somewhere.
Recently, a protester asked one of our Iowa legislators if he held the same views as the man who opened fire in a synagogue in Pennsylvania. Instead of explaining his years of offensive words and actions towards many groups, he demanded the protester be thrown out.
So here we are. More than ever, I believe in peaceful protest as a way to stand up and speak out. Sure, a lot of people don’t think it makes any difference, but being peaceful and loud is a place to start, along with voting, so that the powers that be hear what I think. My congressional representatives might not be happy to hear that I disagree with them weekly, and they might send me condescending propaganda in reply, but again, you have to start somewhere.
So if you’re needing one last reason to get out there and vote, check out this book, and the history of people who have stood up when it was needed. You might be next.
Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America by Emily Easton & Ziyue Chen