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hitting the high notes
(Mike Allen)
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One of my favorite things to look for at rallies and protests is clever, well-made signs. Unsurprisingly, there have been many this past week at the Oklahoma State Capitol. What was perhaps a bit surprising, though, is the singing by the large crowds gathered there. I’m certain it’s not the first time this has happened, and I’m aware that entire concerts are dedicated to different causes. But Oklahoma teachers hitting the high notes just struck me as a really cool way for their voices to be heard. The choice of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall was … interesting … but appropriate in some ways.

On another note (ha!), the image of the Capitol building covered by tarps and scaffolding, when contrasted with the large crowds, is striking in a couple different ways. First, it seems to oddly fall in line with what everyone is protesting about. Something that physically represents our state had been crumbling right before our eyes. Secondly, many, if not most of the windows with a view of the crowd are covered. Perhaps there is something symbolic about legislators not being able to see upset constituents. I think it will be interesting to look back at these images years from now, hopefully from a better position in a lot of areas.

— Mike Allen


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