I’m fixin’ to raise awareness; why protests are passe in America

When my daughter was a teenager living in Georgia she had a favorite phrase that was her standard answer to any question that began with “When are you going to…” or “What are you doing…”.

“I’m fixin’ to”, she would say.

‘I’m fixin to’, but never actually doing anything. I don’t know if it was a teenage thing, a southern thing or a southern teenage thing, but I was convinced a similar answer is the reason why so many protesters and demonstrators work for years to get their “issue dujour” solved.

They never do anything productive, they’re always ‘fixin’ to’.

Except they don’t say ‘fixin’ to’. They call it “raising awareness”.

Never accomplishing anything, just raising awareness.

Well, I guess it’s a good thing. Maybe somewhere way back in the mountains lives a hermit that doesn’t have internet, TV or a radio and hasn’t heard about homelessness, the environment, gun violence, women’s rights, corrupt politicians or a host of other social ills.

Maybe when that hermit finally is aware, the demonstrators will finally stop “raising awareness” and actually start proposing solutions to their pet peeve that grieves them.

Me? I’ll set, watch and wait while I’m fixin’ to get me a cup of coffee.


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 Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City.  Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

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