After every deadly shooting rampage, Newtown, Connecticut’s horrific massacre being no exception, there are cries for gun control, and even louder cries to not politicize the incident. But don’t let anyone fool you – even the choice to “not politicize” something is, in itself, a political act. In fact, in some ways, not attaching political value to something and forbidding an event from being part of public discourse might be even more political than “politicizing,” as it is an attempt to silence dissent.
Doing or saying nothing is never apolitical. There’s no such thing. It may be easier and ultimately less productive than participating, but it doesn’t remove you from the political system. By withdrawing your own right to state or develop an opinion, you wind up supporting the dominant narrative, becoming complicit with how the powers that be are choosing to run things. Sometimes that’s the right approach and sometimes it’s the wrong one, but it’s always political.
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