I attended the March for Life this year and last year with about 100students from my school. Each time, we spent the majority of the March yelling what are basically cheers. For example:
- “We love babies, yes we do, we love babies how 'bout you?” This was a set up for a sort of “cheer battle” between us and anyone around us who we would have hoped would respond with the same line, only louder.
Now, the purpose of our many cheers, as we were told, was to get people “pumped up” and “excited.” Granted, this does boost morale within the group. But my issue is this: Is it really appropriate?
During this year’s march our group basically spent 30-45 minutes stading on a street corner with our school’s banner displayed while people marched by us. Being personally opposed to it, I did not participate in the cheering, but our group was quite loud. I was spending my time watching the other marchers go by. I looked out into the crowd, and no one seemed to be saying anything. Some people looked at us, some seemingly annoyed or angered at our actions, and a few amused and approving. But no one esle seemed to be making so much noise.
I believe that, considering the gravity of the issue at hand, cheering/chanting is better left out in favor of a more quiet and dignified march. I was trying to imagine how those women carrying the “I regret my abortion” signs must have felt hearing us as we seemed too…animated and almost like we were out to have fun. It seemed that the chanting and cheering was more about us; our group and how we feel, etc…not about the issue at hand.
Eventually, after about 45 minutes, we did join the actual March, still making our noise. We stopped short of the March route, gathered for a photograph with our huge banner, and left for home while everyone moved on to the end of the March. In a way, I felt like much of the motivation for our actions was more to promote our school than our cause.
Any thoughts? Is it appropriate to be this lively and almost care-free at an event protesting what must be one of the most horrible atrocities in American history?