As word spread of the planned Black Lives Matter protest at the Mall of America this Saturday, critics came out of the woodwork to decry the gall of these demonstrators. How dare they disrupt my last-minute Christmas shopping with something that I personally don't care about? What gives them the right to inconvenience the hardworking masses?
@katiegnelson Enacting social change can be inconvenient
The same exasperation sprung up when protesters decided to shut down 35W. Regular citizens deserve to get to work, the logic goes -- to get to the store, to get on with their lives without such intrusive inconvenience.
Mall of America Braces for Huge Black Lives Matter Protest on Saturday