Are You Chickenshit? Read This to Find Out

Tsunamis in Japan.  Nuclear disaster in Japan.  Fighting in the streets in Libya.  War in Afghanistan.  Record number of homeless in America.  Murder records set in Juarez.

Yep.  If you read the news, it’s a depressing world we live in.  And if you believe the news, there’s no hope for mankind.

One of the cool things about living in Asheville is there’s always a protest or rally going on somewhere, sometime.

One of the saddest things about living in Asheville is there’s always a protest or rally going on somewhere, sometime.

Yah…around here, get five people together, give ‘em a piece of paper for a sign and there will be a rally or a protest.

About Libya.  About Japan.  About the wars we’re fighting.  There was even a recent rally to show support for the folks in Wisconsin.  That’s a good thing…I guess.

I get to shoot a lot of these protests for the paper.  One thing I always ask myself is, “Why isn’t someone protesting the events here in town?”

We’ve got 650 homeless here in Asheville.  I don’t see any of these professional protestors getting up in arms about how the government is failing to effectively address this issue.

URTV is losing funding from the county…either through the county folks being inept or just plain crooks.  I don’t see anyone out exercising their right of Freedom of Speech to protect this venue of Freedom of Speech.

Maybe it’s just easier to stand up for a cause and a group of folks who are thousands of miles away than to put your reputation on the line for folk’s right here in our backyard.

Chickenshit is a word that comes to mind for these types of protestors.

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has traveled the world documenting the tears, joys, laughter and lives of people everywhere. He currently focuses his camera on the same topics in America. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, Dream Row and others. A portion of his income from each photo shoot is donated to organizations that help the homeless in the communities in which he works. You can see more of his photography by clicking here.

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