28 January 2017
A lone protest
Last week 7,000 people "inaugurated resistance" to the Trump administration in Albany NY. The President's new policy on refugees would seem to be just the thing those people meant to resist, but spontaneity may be in short supply among them. The one sign of protest I saw in an admittedly limited survey of Albany on an admittedly colder day was this man standing at a corner of Lark Street and Madison Avenue. Perhaps others gathered elsewhere, but I'll have to watch the local news to find out. This fellow told me he'd been standing there for about an hour when I asked to take his picture. Because it's a busy intersection, people occasionally bring signs there. On Election Day, an older gentleman was on the opposite corner holding a "Fight Racism" sign. Such gestures seem futile, but there's an indisputable courage in those who stand alone at such times, when protest isn't a carnival but a lonely vigil, when it's the thing to do not because publicity says so, but because your own conscience does.