I’m not usually a fan of talk radio but this morning while driving in queens (not recommended) I caught a little blip of Hot 97’s morning show. The DJ’s were, to my surprise, talking about the oil spill. One of the DJ’s was critiquing how people are boycotting BP gas stations when those are franchised as small businesses and aren’t even really owned by BP. The DJ also mentioned that BP petroleum is used in tons of products, from shampoo to cleaning supplies, so there’s no way to track those all down so that we can actually boycott the company.
He continued to make a very good point. He said that when people hear about something like the oil spill, they get fired up and want to do something. So what do they do? They log on to facebook. And then they see the page “Boycott BP!!” And then what do they do? They hit LIKE! I mean, of course, who wouldn’t LIKE to show their support for a boycott against the evil BP whose products and services we can’t even keep track of?
Then, in a moment that completely changed my perceptions of DJs and morning talk radio, he said something brilliant. He said, “Rosa Parks didn’t just hit LIKE on facebook. If you really want to help with the oil spill, go to Mississippi or Alabama and scrub a pelican.”
What he was talking about is that if we are really passionate about something- really, actually, not just going to psuedo-support something on facebook worked up, then we need to ENGAGE. We need to physically move our bodies and do something. Granted, Rosa Parks didn’t have facebook. But even if she did, she probably would have been too busy fighting for what she believed in to “like” anything at all.