April 21, 2019
Movements are started when a bunch of people agree with what you are trying to accomplish when trying to advertise the movement. When the civil rights movement started it started with a group of people with strong ties with each other who thought the same thing, then as word got out that the strong tie group were protesting civil rights people with weak ties with the group who may or may not have talked to any of the civil rights activists before joined the protest.
For a movement to be started at the University of New England I don’t think would be very difficult, a majority of the UNE community I feel have very similar views on certain subjects such as Race. If one person were to be racially profiled on campus I believe some sort of action would be taken to do something about the person who racially profiled that person. For there to be a protest on campus about one person being racially profiled, I think it would be difficult to start a movement just from a single incident. People don’t like to act the first time an incident happens but only after its happened multiple times, because after a racial incident has happened multiple times in a week or month then people start to see that something is wrong and think, we should do something about it. A lot of white people deny there is a race issue simply because they don’t see an issue or don’t hear about many race confrontations. With that said in order for there to be a movement over anti-racism, the community at UNE would have to see a problem with racism on campus, and since there is such a small percentage of black students on campus I think the community would have a hard time seeing a problem because the black community at UNE is so small so they don’t really have a huge voice.
I also believe since the black population is small and is mixed with the predominantly white community I think the black students could easily get people in their friend group together to start a movement for anti-racism because their strong ties are the people that listen to them the most. The black community’s voice may be small, but since some of the black community made friends with the white community this creates a bigger voice by adding numbers to the anti-racism movement. The types of issues I think the movement would run into is skepticism, people thinking that there isn’t a race problem, so they will just ignore the activist. We would use examples of racist acts that happened as examples to show that there is a problem. A social habit we would promote would be equality, We would promote these new social habits, everyone should practice including everyone regardless of race for any activity. If you see someone sitting by themselves, don’t profile them and watch them sit alone. Invite him or her over to sit with you; you never know you might just make a lifelong friend by being inclusive. Awareness would be a big part of the Anti-racism movement, that would be the achilleas heal of the movement, informing everyone of the issues that are happening all over America and all over the world.