“Not To Be Tabled” by Susan Polansky
This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
My mother would have envisioned the use of her tablecloth as an invitation for folks to gather round for pleasant chat over a meal, perhaps inspired by the scenic vistas of “America’s Wonderland.” Her preference to avoid politics at the table led to some bland, polite discourse, as she realized what holy hell could be unleashed if people spoke their minds. Political discussion brings out the passion of our true convictions, unifying and dividing not only those we sit next to, but the country at large.
Debate over today’s civil climate rages and I find myself strongly opinionated, desirous to join the resistance to objectional stances. Distilling my feelings leaves not the bitter core I expected, but a positive, hopeful nugget instead: an appreciation that the wonder of our land is that we can freely dissent. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees our rights of expression, a privilege envied around the world. Spurring political protest in his own country, Egyptian Wael Ghonim said, “The power of the people is much stronger than the people in power.”
I join the ranks of marchers, past and present, who stand up for their causes. My voice alone may be small, but as part of a united statement, it is a force to be reckoned with. I hear the sound of resistance swelling to an undeniable volume, and hungrily anticipate change brought about by activism.
Hear a message from Susan about her piece below: