Post by oklahomafan on Oct 15, 2015 3:48:13 GMT
This is part of why I may be more sympathetic to Lillian's protest style than most. I live in a hot spot of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, and there is a lot of controversy about their protest style. There is *especially* a lot of advice for them to not tick off people when they need their votes and how they can't afford to alienate the middle class. The BLM movement chose radical and confrontational styles - mainly because they don't see "politics as usual" as effective. They object to being patronized about their tactics. In fact, they try to avoid being affiliated with any political party and try to stay "issue oriented". I see a lot of Lillian's character in this, and there's a lot of historical accuracy in that type of character. We are talking about the time of radical anarchists as well as Pankhurst-type vandalism.
Anyway, this is the prism I see Lillian, through. And I think her character is a useful way to reflect on radical protests today, as well.
I can understand the effectiveness of the unapologetic protest style. However even in this type of protesting one should know who their friends are and Lillian does not seem to get that many of the people she pokes are her supporters. In the end her character opens many conversations and isn't that the hallmark of a well written character?