Stanford students confront bigotry
October 13, 2010

What's the most moving demonstration you've witnessed?

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Kevin : March 28, 2011 10:55 pm
I feel like America is one of the few places on earth where people from such a diverse background not only have so much in common but that they can get together and work towards a common positive cause.
Anna : November 23, 2010 10:28 pm
I was drawn to this particular video because it reminded me of a demonstration that I attended several years ago in D.C. about women's healthcare issues. We had all assembled in buses from across the country and it was a long, long travel to D.C. from the Kansas City area. Our group was tired when we started the day's demonstration, and because there were thousands of people there for the march, it was overwhelming (and exhilirating) to be a part of it. When all was said and done, demonstration coordinators concluded that there were 250,000 people in attendance. When I returned home the next day and watched the national news, it was reported that there were only 100,000 people. I remember the moment standing in front of the t.v. seeing this incongruity in numbers because I learned two things that day: I learned that it feels powerful to demonstrate with others, but that the media has its own agenda to convey what it wants to the world. I learned that the dissonance between media representations of a social movement and a demonstration can be powerful, and that it keeps people from engaging in a more true-to-life conversation about the issue. Am I glad that I attended the demonstration? Yes. Those who attended the demonstration still carry with us the experience and insights of marching in D.C. that day. But if a historian were to purely gaze over the media representation of that day, they wouldn't get as nearly as full of a picture as someone who participated.
Caroline H : November 03, 2010 05:49 pm
I saw a group from Westboro Church when I was in Topeka, KS last summer. It was very disturbing to see that the adult leaders where leading children in the cries of hatred. The signs the group held were unlike anything I have ever seen. It is amazing to think that what this group on a campus did, and that this could translate into society. When will we understand that importance of accepting others and living in harmony? Until then, there will be dischord around the world. The results of last nights elections show that we are more divided now than ever. We need to get back to the basics of humanity and learn that peace and love begins with our own person and the way we react to others.
Cassie : November 01, 2010 11:54 pm
It's amazing how many people turned out for their rally...I'm inspired to think about what would happen if more people stood up for those of other faiths.
Anonymous : October 06, 2010 03:29 pm
wonderful post
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