Tuesday, January 11, 2011
"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" Women in Black: Ripe for Ridicule
A UC Berkeley student can barely contain her laughter reading the sign on the back of a member of Berkeley Women in Black
For years, Berkeley Women in Black have been annoying students at the UC Berkeley campus. In the words of one student:
The only thing more Berkeley than having an inflammatory opinion is gathering together a cadre of similarly-minded people and staging an unimpressive display to annoy passers-by. Cue the Women in Black, a group of incensed nonagenarians standing together to protest the bloodthirsty, imperialist Israeli occupation of the land of Palestine. To paraphrase their flier, for nearly 20 years they’ve been blocking foot traffic, mouthing off, and toting decorative umbrellas each Friday in front of Sproul Plaza....It’s appropriate that these women have chosen to associate their cause with darkness, since it’s abundantly clear they’ll never see the light."
"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."
Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals.