Often, when people see protests on the news or online against systemic injustices, like the Black Lives Matter movement, some of the more cynical observers among us wonder aloud, “What does this accomplish? What change will these protests actually produce?” They’re fair questions, but it’s important to remember that protests aren’t necessarily failures if the laws don’t change the next day.
Martin Luther King knew that sometimes, protests are simply about revealing just how ugly the side opposing social progress is underneath. Think the dogs and fire hoses on TV in the 1960s, the true shame that pulled at the conscience of mainstream white America.
Well, Mariners backup catcher Steve Clevenger isn’t behind a fire hose, but his tweets in reaction to the protests in Charlotte revealed a whole heap of ugliness.