I appreciate how in the first news interview we watched with Wael Ghonim (the translated one) that he gave credit to all of the people out there in the streets risking their lives for change. My understanding is still a little bit patchy about how such great numbers of people all were able to support the same movement to overthrow the government in Egypt. Corrupt governments seem to have popped up all over the world and all over history, but are people becoming better at forming solidarity for fighting evil?
Watching the vice stream of the Ferguson protests following the non-inditement of officer Wilson makes me think that people are getting better– there are plenty of peaceful sensible people gathering to express anger and disappointment. Still, I am in a very homogeneous community at Pitzer and the 5C’s in terms of opinions about topics such as racist police. My highschool friends still look at police as heroes, a few of them have bought guns for recreational purposes, and they see racism as a thing of the past. Solidarity on issues such as police racism and violence seems hard to reach because it requires white people to fight back against a system that heavily privileges them. In Egypt the police corruption only helped the people in charge. How long will it take for people to realize that our current criminal justice system only helps owners of private prisons! While I have thought through it a little, I am confused why activists in America do not receive the same type of support that Wael Ghonim did.