An acquaintance once told me a story about how they were robbed in plain daylight on a busy street. One would think in such a circumstance that others would rush to help and bring the thief to justice. However, this was not the case. Those who witnessed the robbery ignored it and their cries for help.
A video on The Huffington Post shows two young men on a college campus engaging in a social experiment where one of them is bullying another. The one man is threatening and at times making it look as though he is punching the other man. All the while, the bully is demanding to know where his fraudulent paper is, levying threats with what will happen to him if he doesn’t get his paper done in time. This all takes place right in front of people, in some circumstances in front of several people. What is shocking, is that like my acquaintance, few people do something to stop this injustice. They just try to avoid the conflict.
Do these feelings also pervade our lives as citizens? Do we not engage in politics for similar reasons? Is this why we allow great injustices to take place out in the open with no repercussions? Because a little conflict is too much hassle?
Where is our sense of outrage? The people watching this video should be putting a stop to the bullying and demanding justice. They should be outraged not only that someone thinks it is acceptable to treat another person like that, but also that it does damage to their school and our society in general when we let injustice occur without recourse.
The bullying shown in this video only offers one example of much larger problems we face. Our elections are being manipulated by billionaires who have been waging an offensive class war. We have rampant racism where black people and other people of color are treated as second class citizens and often worse. We are suffocated by student debt while banks and billionaires are bailed out by middle class and poor Americans through our taxes. They play we pay.
The outrage is in you and you have a right, and in some cases, a duty to express it. Whether it be the billionaire corruption of elected officials, or bullying of other students we must express our outrage together. By sharing these feelings and working together to correct them it makes standing up for what is right less scary and troublesome. It is rewarding and fulfilling to right wrongs and even better to demand a future that our generation wants to live in.
Ask questions, demand answers, take power into your own hands. Our generation needs to reject the two party system of the billionaires and form and support parties that matter to us and our values. We need to organize and run for political offices. We must demand our voices are heard and that our visions and values are given life.
Collegian Columnist Ryan Deuschle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.