Trump protests: a movement or a moment?

The Jan. 21 Washington Women's March. Photo by Maddie Borman '18.

The Jan. 21 Washington Women’s March. Photo by Maddie Borman ’18.

Since the 2016 Presidential election, cities and streets across the country have been the sites of national protests, speaking out against and for President Trump and his administration. Since Friday, Jan. 20, there has been a protest every week. As a result, ‘protest fatigue’ or ‘resistance fatigue’ is becoming a relevant issue. Protest fatigue is a sense of becoming tired of protesting and constantly being vigilant about current issues.

History and Social Sciences Department Head Jonathon Allen expressed concern with the sustainability of the protests fol- lowing the Trump’s appointment.

“Whether or not it’s sustainable is completely up to the protestors. There is a really pivotal question that we should ask ourselves, [which] is that cliche: Is this really a moment or this is a movement?” Allen said.

Kate ’18 agrees that it is difficult keeping up with all of the controversial policies passed and current events.

“With the deluge [of executive orders and appointments] coming out of the Trump White House in the rest month, this is shaping up to be one of the most policy-filled first 100 days in history. Because of that, it can be not only overwhelming but disheartening to see the laundry list of discriminatory actions taken by the U.S. Government on one’s [New York Times] push notifications each and every morning,” Kate said.

Students have started to sense resistance fatigue. Bella ’18 said she believes that the amount of constant negativity of the controversies present in the news is beginning to wear people down.

“Protest fatigue is definitely setting in around our community. I feel like it is important to fight for our causes, but it is difficult since every issue is being protested. Overall, it will be important for us to combat protest fatigue and push back against the negativity,” Bella said.

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