Below is a chapter from Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. Over time we will be posting most of the book, though, should this inspire you to buy a copy, we would not be offended 🙂 Posted chapters can be found in the Table of Contents.

Rule #43: Protest (Dad)

There will times when you must publicly protest.

There will be whispers and shouts from all around you telling you not to go out into the streets, not to give voice to your righteous indignation, or not to join with others in expressing outrage at injustice. The tactics that you may use will vary: marches, sit-ins, civil disobedience, et cetera. Still, there will be times to lend your ear, listen for the call, and decide.

We hope that when you hear the call to public protest you will answer it. Be wise in your actions, but know that for generations, change has been sparked by those who are courageous enough to step out of their comfortable situations and join with others to demand justice, compassion, and peace.

The issues or events calling you will also vary. Sometimes they will directly impact you, sometimes your friends, and sometimes strangers. You will be challenged to make hard choices about loyalties and tactics. People will tell you to play it safe or to remain calm. There will be times to step back and think more systematically, but there will also be times to walk the streets, join hands in solidarity, and even risk harm.

We in no way wish for you to foolishly put yourself in harm’s way, but we do want you to know that there will be times in your life when you should be bold, walk for justice, and protest that which must be called out—and when you feel that call to the streets, we hope you will take the step and march.

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