Recently I attended a Stand Up to Racism protest against Trump’s upcoming state visit to the UK.
I was lucky enough to be able to photograph the rally and have my images published in print and online at the Derby Telegraph.
When the article came out online later in the evening of the rally, I accidentally read the comments.
The comments on an online article are often a cesspit of people disagreeing with the articles content. Anyone not living under a rock should be well aware of this.
The resounding noise in the comments was something like “Trump is not president of the United Kingdom, his actions don’t affect UK citizens and we can’t do anything about it. So why are you protesting?”
So, I’ll address that;
The main reason why people protest Trump in the UK is to join in solidarity with movements across the United States of America.
We aim to add to the voice of people crying out in anger, fear and sadness at the actions of President Trump and his administration.
We are well aware that 50 or so people in the smallish city of Derby, England will not have much input directly on Trump and his administration.
However, when we join in protest on the same day, at the same hour, as 1000s of other people across the UK we add our voices to the mass.
Although we might not be physically seen by a lot of people like those protesting in London, Manchester or Birmingham, our voice reaches out through the power of media.
Our protest was featured in a local paper, on local news and broadcast across the Twittersphere with all the other people using the same hashtags to make their voices heard.
The second reason we protest is to stand up to our beliefs.
Those protesting passionately believe that Trump and his administration are fundamentally a terrible thing for the progression of humanity in our continued efforts to be more understanding, empathetic and inclusive of all human beings.
We believe this so strongly that we can’t let a small thing like p not being directly connected to the UK stop us making our anger heard. We feel the need to stand up to our principles whenever we feel them being challenged, by anyone, no matter where they are or who they are.
Protests like this are about being able to say you stood up and did what you could.
It doesn’t matter that we weren’t seen by Trump, or the Queen. What matters is that we did the best we could, with the resources and platform we had available to us, to uphold our principles as good human beings and fight in solidarity, for those most affected, for what we believe in.
I encourage you to also fight for what you believe in. Because no one else is going to fight for you.