Daring yet distanced


With the coronavirus rampaging across the globe, this nation has come to a serious question: should people be out demonstrating? While the First Amendment must always be ensured, there is a time when individuals must make informed, rational decisions. No matter the topic, everyone deserves the right to protest what he or she deems important. However, this is no ordinary time. People across the world are dying at an alarming rate, and public gatherings are not helping matters. It can be hard to stay quiet when there are perceived injustices, but now is no time to be social. Every individual has to do his or her part in fighting COVID-19, and that includes staying away from one another. While these protests have largely been run by young individuals who are not at high risk, those same people can spread the virus to their parents or grandparents, who are at risk. Before meeting up with other protestors, consider the risk passed along to the elderly, who are the primary sufferers of this disease. Their survival is within our hands, so stay away from large in-person gatherings. This does not mean that you should refrain from voicing concern over a specific topic. Under no circumstances should anyone stay silent on his or her views—instead, people should find a safer way to express their opinions. A proper socially distant protest could work, but when so many people gather to fight for an issue, it can be hard to maintain. An alternative might be to find some other way to protest or perhaps use the various online resources available to gather support. Such methods may be incredibly difficult to carry out, especially in a nation where public protest is culturally significant, but everyone has to stay distant, as these are unprecedented times.

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