How Useless is Ceasefire Week?
The beauty of hashtag activism is that it’s so easy, satisfying, and ostentatious: the perfect tool of the slacktivist who wants to display his or her deep concern, without the slightest genuine effort or inconvenience to themselves. No one breaks a sweat tweeting #BringBackOurGirls, but it makes for a great selfie. Just ask Michelle Obama.
If Daniel Payne is right that "modern liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of talking, not doing" these are its glory days.
Consider what passes for social action this week in Milwaukee.
Confronting violent crime can be hard work and difficult choices: hiring more police officers; confronting a revolving door criminal justice system; aggressively targeting chronic offenders.
Instead, we get #Ceasefireweek.
The week is billed as "a series of events promoting nonviolence and faith-based initiatives in Milwaukee."
In other words, a week of #Kumbaya.
There is a "community forum on gun violence." There will be a "Ceasefire community walk." This will be followed by a "Ceasefire Sabbath," and of course, a well-publicized gun buyback, after which "guns will be melted and forged into garden tools."
Get it? #Swordsintoplowshares.