“Power to the People”
Posted by purplemary54 on June 4, 2014
Today is the anniversary of the Chinese government cracking down on protests in Tiananmen Square. The people who gathered in the square did so to protest corruption and oppression by their government. They wanted democracy in their country. They got tanks and guns and tear gas instead.
I’m so tired of war. I’m tired of politicians and dictators and power-hungry corporations. I’m tired of people getting trampled on whenever they dare to demand the same rights, privileges, and dignity those with power and money enjoy. I’m tired of bombs. I’m tired of terrorists. I’m just so fucking tired of it all.
Twenty-five years ago, it seemed like maybe the tide was turning in our favor. That maybe the citizens of China might succeed in tearing apart one of the most repressive regimes in history. That maybe the side of justice and freedom might end up winning for once. And even after we knew it was over, that the protesters were going to be silenced and imprisoned, we still marveled at the sight of one man who just wouldn’t give up.
There were a lot of heroes in China twenty-five years ago. Heroes aren’t people who succeed against all odds. Heroes are just the ones who keep fighting, no matter what. It doesn’t matter if they’re scared or cold or hungry. It doesn’t matter if they’re outnumbered and outgunned. It doesn’t matter if they know they’re going to lose. They just keep fighting, whatever their enemy might be.
That’s something we can all remember. That’s something we can all do. Even if we don’t have wealth or an official title, we can still fight back. Vote. Boycott corporations or products. Write a letter to the editor. Join the PTA. Everything you do that gets your voice heard, no matter how small, chips away at the power others hold over you. You are stronger and smarter and better than the government, the media, and big business want you to believe.