- from Protest in America
Protest. The word comes from Latin and means “to declare publicly.” Today, it mostly means “to express disapproval.”
Protesting is something we do a lot. We may protest to disapprove of something that’s been said. We may protest to disagree with an idea. Or we may protest to object to what we feel is unfair treatment. Individuals can protest public matters in letters or e-mails to government representatives, news outlets, or social media platforms. Almost every day there’s a small group of people walking back and forth in front of the White House with protest signs.
Protesting is very American. People were doing it even before the United States existed as an independent nation. Back in those days, it was colonists protesting laws and rules put upon them by King George of Great Britain. Those very protests drove the movement toward independence.