“The people! United! Will never be divided! The people! United! Will never be defeated!”
When I was in high school, I loved a good protest. You got to get out into the community, chant inspiring things, and feel like you were making a difference. Of course, sometimes the protest was very small and the cause was not as good as I thought it was. I had not learned to analyze the causes I fought for yet. I had righteous indignation without the experience to apply nuanced critical thinking. The activist community sometimes fails at nuanced critical thinking in victory as well as in defeat.
What does victory look like? In the case of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, it looked like getting attention to the matter, and it looked like help from and for the Nigerian government. The U.S. and many European countries, including the UK…
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