Protests may sometimes be necessary to raise awareness, but quite often we don’t reflect on the symbolism we use in our protest. I have never, for example, quite understood why people protesting military violence have often chosen violent symbolism as their method of protest. Beating a missile with a hammer isn’t exactly non-violent, despite the biblical reference to turn swords into plowshares.
Most often, dramatic protesting does little to increase understanding and more to polarize factions than reasoned, informed discussions might do. Can we learn to dialogue rather than yell back and forth?