What do Troy Davis, Occupy Wall Street, Kony 2012, and Trayvon Martin all have in common? They are all movements in which we have tweeted, posted about on our Facebook wall, or even went out in protest of. I love to see people who know what’s going on in the world, but I pose these questions: Do we support these movements because we actually care? Or do we support these movements simply because they’re flooding our Timelines, and we don’t want to feel left out?
Now to be clear, by no way am I bashing a positive movement – but it seems “Fighting for the Cause” is merely a trend of the times. How much research have you conducted on a subject before you decide to retweet someone? How many articles did you read before deciding to get involved? Before being for or against a so-called movement, I would think one would want to know the complete details of each situation.
We also have to ask ourselves, how effective is my support if it never goes beyond my phone/computer screen? Supporting a cause as a spectator is great, but being active is better! I could never imagine if the Greensboro Four protested via twitter. How effective would they have been if they had? Picture Dr. King doing such a thing as this, we wouldn’t be nearly as far along. Which brings me to my point: if you’re going to stand for something, know the details, and be truly for the cause.
Over the past few years I’ve seen these short-lived movements start off so big, then I see them quickly forgotten with not so much as a solution. Troy Davis was all over my Timeline the day of his execution, the following day I saw no more than five mentions. If people were really for Troy Davis, their protests would have lasted long after his death. The same goes for Jena 6; thousands went down and protested, but it was again easily forgotten. But hey, these are just my thoughts – without sheep, the world wouldn’t need shepherds…