My Take: By Matthew McCully

My Take: By Matthew McCully

The format of a My Take is 150 words – no more, no less – to express an opinion on a different topic each week. This week the topic was protesting.

It’s important to remember that a lot happens behind the scenes before people take to the streets to protest.
It’s not a willy-nilly decision, it’s not a day off work. It’s a last resort.
Still, there is always a segment of the population that can’t stomach civil unrest.
When the railroad in Lennoxville was blocked in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, people complained about traffic.
Mask police criticized the Black Lives Matter demonstration last summer in Sherbrooke.
These days, teachers are demanding better work conditions, and they are being called money hungry.
There’s usually an “I agree with them, but…” tacked on to misinformed, obnoxious critiques of groups with the gall to disrupt the morning commute.
Ironically, I’ve seen people at Tim Hortons throw Oscar-worthy fits about getting the wrong muffin.
When people feel forced to take to the streets, it’s time to listen.

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