The clips we watched in class last week that revolved around protest movements during the AIDS crisis were very poignant to me. Specifically, I found it very moving to watch a man dump his partner’s ashes over the fence of the White House, especially because it took me a moment to realize what was happening. Additionally, it was thought-provoking to hear one man say that they were staging protests on the same week the that Quilt was in town. I don’t remember his exact words, but mentioned that the Quilt had become an acceptable form of speaking about AIDS and those who died, whereas other forms of protest were not seen as acceptable. This made me think about Black Lives Matter and the movement’s forms of protest and resistance. It seems to me that no form of action that BLM takes is seen as acceptable by mainstream media; if people stand in streets, block traffic, etc., they are seen as “thugs,” but if they utilize passive forms of protest like Colin Kaepernick they are still seen as ungrateful or causing a scene. To me, it seems like the “acceptable” form of protest according to mainstream media and discussion is found only in the era of Martin Luther King Jr., a thing of the past.