Bullies, Protests, and Politics: An Analogy

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An opinion by guest blogger Kristofer James

I want to think that analogies may help people understand who truly don’t. This is my simple analogy for anyone who keeps wondering “why in the heck are these people protesting?” This is only my opinion, and it is very simplified, and it does not represent everyone who protested…. This is only my opinion–maybe even an alternative fact…

I think of all the strong women descendants of Luella Biler who have made an impact on me when I write many of the things I do. I see their faces as I type. They give me strength, and it is a proud strength. They are my family, and I love them.

So…My analogy…

The classmate who has been known for being a bully (maybe he’s changed, maybe he says he doesn’t even bully anymore, maybe bullied only in the locker room) gets elected to class president. He is inaugurated.

The next day, those who have been bullied by him are maybe joined by others across the land–maybe even the world–who have experienced being bullied, and they rally together, just to remind everyone, especially the newly-elected class President, that they will not put up with bullying anymore. They have been united because of something they have experienced together. They believe that the experiences they share are important on a human level, and want to try to do what they can so that they, and future generations, may be able to live without being bullied. They have that fundamental human right to do so.

And let’s say that for most of the last 100 years, those who have been bullied have not always been protected under the law (maybe the first law to try to protect them was enacted in 1920).

Maybe there are some who were never bullied, so maybe they don’t understand it on the level of those who have been bullied. But to just dismiss it as nothing important is just not very insightful, or empathetic, yet we have grown up in a society that says we should be empathetic and insightful.

But I digress…

They rally because it gives a voice. It makes sure we move forward, not backwards…It lets those who have bullied, or who currently bully, or who are inclined to bully, know that bullying is understood and that it will no longer be tolerated. It lets those who endure bullying know that they are not alone.

They know that it is quite possible that bullying will never be completely eradicated, but at least they rally together to ensure it is not forgotten. They keep in in the light. Awareness.

Maybe some of those who have never experienced bullying first hand know someone who has, and they stand proudly beside them.

Please don’t dismiss them. You know someone who has been bullied, so don’t act like you don’t. And if you have been bullied, don’t act like you haven’t been.

The opinion of an individual blogger does not necessarily reflect that of all members of The Loveshade Family.  Kristofer James has worked in the entertainment industry including work for Inland Stage and as a director in the MSJC theatre department.  The original Ĕk-sĕn-trĭks Cluborguild, which created the Order of the Pineapple and led to the creation of the Discordian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild, began at MSJC.  The most recent honorees of The Order are named Here.

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12 thoughts on “Bullies, Protests, and Politics: An Analogy

  1. I appreciate that Kristofer is addressing the feelings and needs of people rather than doing like so many have been doing lately, making personal attacks. Regardless of how you feel about a particular person, bullying on any level is a serious concern. People’s feeling are valid regardless of their politics.

  2. This mamby pamby politicing sounds a lot like Rodney King’s “Can’t we just all get along?” Well guess what; the cops bullied and beat him, sure. But he sued the city for $5 million and won. That’s how you beat a bully.

  3. I saw the link to this on Facebook. This is fantastic. It should be posted everywhere.

  4. We have the right to speak our minds. It doesn’t matter who’s president we still have that right.

    You can come and get me Donald!

  5. This is like what John Lennon wrote, Give peace a chance. Bullying is wrong and hurts people and shouldn’t happen anywhere. Certainly not in the White House.

  6. This is the first time I was ever old enough to vote for president. But I remember when Obama and Romney were running four years ago. People argued then but nothing like this. We shouldn’t be fighting each other we should all be working together.

  7. This makes some excellent points. Remember that many bullies were themselves bullied. It tends to get passed on.

  8. That was very cool. I was bullied jn HS and that is one reason that I never go to class reunions. I hope bullying ends.

  9. I have been bullied all my life so why would I bully anyone? Why would anyone who was bullied want to beat up on somebody? It happens a lot.

    • How about a little reality check Mr. “I have been bullied all my life so why would I bully anyone”? Most bullies were bullied? That’s why they bully? Hello?

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