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So, I was just hanging out with friends, enjoying a smoothie at this nice outdoor place – don’t worry, we had masks, everyone was distancing! We’re totally about that. We heard something coming around the corner, and it sounded like a parade? My friend Jinny gets on her phone (well TBH she was already on it) and googles whether there was a parade scheduled for tonight, like a circus thing, but before she gets her results we see them. It’s a bunch of guys dressed in black with signs and umbrellas, and they’re, like, chanting? I got it on my phone, and I think it was something like Hey Ho, Hey Ho, Oligarchical Capitalism and its Inherent Systemic Oppression of BIPOC and Non-Heteronormative Paradigm Gender Non-Conformity Has Got To Go, or something, and I’m like, whatever –
But then one of them smashes a window, and I thought, can you believe that?
“NBD,” says Jenni. “They have insurance. Trust me. My dad’s in insurance.”
“I know we’re just hanging around downtown to escape the stultifying milieu of our soul-sapping suburban lives,” says Todd, I know, that’s so Todd, “but I have this sudden welling of passion for a cause I’ve barely spent any time thinking about. The sight of these people, their manifest passion, makes me think we should find a store and set it on fire.”
“Awesome,” said Lee. “And let me just say here and now that several of those androgynous people have made me suddenly question my own identity, and I am now going to change my pronouns to ‘they.’”
I guess it was just the heat of the moment – literally the heat, the crowd had set fire to the restaurant where we were sitting – but we just got up and fell alongside, and started marching and chanting and throwing things, and IDK it felt like I was part of something for the first time, so we went inside the drug store and Todd jumped over the counter and got some lighter fluid and we went to the bookstore next door and drenched some stuff and set it on fire. We all did a group pose for the ‘Gram and called it a night, went back to the car and drove back to the boring burbs, laughing, like, what was that about.
You know how you get caught up in something and go with the moment and you’re burning a restaurant and the next day you’re, like, okay, we were in the moment, but then it turns out it was for justice? That’s awesome. I wonder if I can put it on my intern application resume.Published in