Wednesday, April 04, 2007

How NOT to Protest

Students at American University pelted Karl Rove in "protest" during his visit to the campus Tuesday night. Perhaps someone needs to explain to these young people that violent acts in the name of protest not only don't help your cause, they harm it. Never surrender the high road. Yes, they do worse, but they have power and can, to an extent, get away with it. You can't. It's not fair, but it's true.

Personal note: It is my long-standing opinion that ACT-UP's use of extreme tactics (like invading a Catholic church during mass and pelting the Archbishop with condoms, then throwing the host on the ground) lost the gay community many much-needed allies and led to the abandonment of radical gay activism in favor of an access-based activism that has destroyed our ability to further our cause for nearly fifteen years.

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