Some people think protest is pointless and does not accomplish anything. Tell that to all the Tea Party candidates who have been elected, and all the incumbents they ousted. Protest is partly to thank for my ability, as a woman, to vote today (a vote I will choose to exercise).
When you say the word protest, you commonly think of protest marches, strikes and picketing, sit-ins, book burning, boycotts, and hunger strikes. But my favorite form of protest (is it weird that I have a favorite?) is by and large the protest song. While we can take pictures of all the above mentioned forms of protest, protest songs themselves live for posterity. The protest can continue until the struggle has ended. Many protest songs are haunting, and emotional. My favorite protest song (again, is it weird that I have a favorite) was recorded in 1939, and still pertinent today, albeit in less degree.
So today, I present one of the more somber playlists I have created, and possibly one of the most beautiful.
- Elie Wiesel