Persepolis student sit-in: Power is in numbers!

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Marissa Higgs

By Marissa Higgs


The Persepolis protest that took place a few weeks ago outside the library did not really go as expected. The large mob of students crowded the hallway creating a fire hazard and eventually causing the administration to evacuate the area.

Was this demonstration a complete and total bust though? No.

No two people are alike. No two people think the same way. No two people feel the exact same way about everything or anything for that matter. Therefore, one will never be able to gather a group of individuals together who all feel the same exact way about the same exact cause. This does not mean protests should be avoided!

What motivates a person to do something is one thing, but the act of that person doing it is another. In fact, the act is far more important. It can play a large role of getting things accomplished in any society.

It is pretty clear by this point that several people at the sit-in were there for one reason: to get out of class. Still, however, they were helpful.

For years I have heard the saying “there is strength in numbers!” Never before have I understood this to be so true. One person alone can potentially accomplish many great things, but sometimes it takes a village. If there is one thing authority figures fear most, it is a large group of individual thinkers with differing viewpoints that oppose or contradict their own.

Our country was built on this belief. The United States was formed by a group of oppressed men and women who banded together and chose to stand against their oppressors. Early on they faced many hardships and disagreements on what the once “new world” would become. Still, they knew that the only way to change their situation was to come together, even with different intentions, and fight for the chance of change.

When SOPA and PIPA made their way into Congress, the United States citizens responded in an outpour of anger and rage. Almost immediately, social networking websites and search engines responding with threats of blackouts and thousands of Americans began questioning the government. About as quickly as the word got out, politicians and members of the House and Senate retracted their positions.

The Internet we know today may have ended over a year ago if it were not for such a large group of people banding together to “fight the forces of evil.” Things begin to happen when people unite together for a cause. As much as this may offend some, it must be remembered that motivation can only get one halfway there. Action is still needed.

People should always be encouraged to lead, but leaders are not the only important people in the world. The word “follower” has such a negative connotation; however, the followers in the world are the building blocks to any great cause. They are essential for change to take place.

The Persepolis protest was a wonderful way for students to show their dedication and support of freedom, equality, and justice. The individualized motivation behind every protester should not be the main focus of this eventful day. Instead, it is important the world direct its attention towards the truly important part…the result.

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