Acting as an Activist


Marcus Bracken, Staff Writer

There’s a right and wrong way to many aspects of society, even protesting. Although the constitution says that American citizens have the freedom of speech and assembly, that doesn’t grant someone the freedom of consequence. It’s important to address a topic and quickly get it across. 

According to Jessica Bennet, author of the Feminist Fight Club, a gathering doesn’t have to be as big as a women’s march. Just committing to small actions in your community can be enough to inspire someone. These can range from speaking into a microphone to simply speaking your mind over your mother’s meatloaf at the dinner table. 

“Pass that mic” is a phrase said by African American Muslim activist, Blair Imani. “Pass the mic” means that one voice can’t talk about all the issues in the world. It’s important to include other people’s voices so communities can expand their views on certain topics. Giving someone the chance to listen to another’s story can educate many listeners and bring many people and communities closer.  

The whole point of activism is to be fully aware of what’s happening in the world and how to address that problem. STF Action Network is a mobile service that guides people through an issue and gives you 5 ways to take action.   

When planning on being an activist, it’s important to address that you may not be perfect, and you can’t know everything. If a speaker starts talking with a mindset of always being right, it could lead to misinformation and overall, a game of he said she said. If you as an activist misspeak, it’s important to understand where the opposing side comes from and look at the world from their perspective.