In America, what is right is not always reflected in the law. What is morally wrong is sometimes justified by the law until the law is changed. In America, if you’re a person of color, you’ve already committed a crime: existing. So we all sometimes have to get in trouble; good trouble.
Good Trouble is a excellent (10/10) documentary about civil rights activist and congress man John Lewis. It refreshes us about his accomplishments: organizing sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, the freedom rides, the March to Montgomery, immigration, health care, gun control, and especially voting rights. The documentary also reminds us just how difficult and downright dangerous it is to nonviolently protest. Their only defense are the injuries and hatred inflicted on their bodies. John Lewis had at one point suggested as a tactic to look assailants straight into the eye, so that they can see the wrongs they are committing.
Watching films like these, I am just reminded of how Civil Rights Activists are the internal soldiers of the USA: They, with sweat, blood, health and life, fought for the rights of people that should have rights. But unlike other soldiers, these soldiers didn’t carry guns or kill people. They sacrified themselves; using the violence against them as means to obtain rights that all Americans deserve and should already have. Some fight for this country, and some fight for our rights. More than ever, we must get in trouble to save this country from Republicans who are rewriting the laws of the land to do evil.
Rest in Peace to Elijah Cummings, another great person who died last year in October.