In a piece she wrote for The Guardian last month, novelist Francine Prose posited that President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the U.S. for 90 days called for more than simple protests: “Trump’s actions warrant a general national strike,” the headline read. Now that idea is gaining support online.
While the travel ban hangs in limbo, Prose laments what some have termed “slacktivism”: or the general “feel-good” result of lodging a complaint by attending a protest, but achieving little more than a pat on the back from other activists:
Since Trump’s election, we’ve seen dozens of demonstrations – most notably, the Women’s March on Washington – that have reinforced our sense of solidarity and provided encouraging evidence of how many Americans oppose our government’s fundamentally anti-American agenda.
But the trouble is that these protests are too easily ignored and forgotten by those who wish to ignore and forget them. The barriers go up, the march takes place, the barriers come down. Everyone goes home happier.