Charlie Accetta
2 min readJun 6, 2020
NPR Illinois

The last gasps of a since-passed thunderstorm hung

a veil over the full moon. The night unrolled

in a particular direction and a thousand people

followed its lead. They didn’t know

where it was headed. How can anyone know?

They didn’t care. Not about themselves

or their own safety. They cared about

the others, everyone else.

The march is its own statement. It is not a body or a group of bodies. It is The Body. It is the organism of peaceful, deliberate dissent against injustice. To be within that body isn’t just a First Amendment right. It is a human right. One that has been acted on throughout history. This isn’t a time to protect the status quo. After all, this was all brought on by doing things as usual.

I am reluctant to add (but must because this is how my brain works) that the right to dissent is an equal opportunity employer. Certain protections must be afforded those groups who would start at the status quo and shoot for worse. That is until and unless they forfeited those rights by some nefariousness. And I count Nationalist torch marches in that category. It’s an insult to everyone. You don’t have to be Jewish to recognize the permanent stain on Humankind left by the Third Reich. And glorifying it is, if not a crime, an…



Charlie Accetta

What can I say? I do this thing. Otherwise, I'm a regular guy. I drive fast, when traffic allows. I use Just For Men liberally. And you're no better.