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[ video ] Week Seventeen, Day One

[Ah, he'll give you video today. This is a time you want to know the faces of your allies and Roy Mustang is all about the timing. His expression is relaxed, dark eyes roaming over something in his hand. It does bother him, greatly, the turn of events from that little festival that they all attended some time ago. But this isn't about getting into the days long past. After a moment of skimming the work he's already read, he gives a bit of a fake grin.]

Christmas? I wonder what she'd say about that. I expect she'd scold me for forgetting such a day.

[And then he goes back to reading and that easy grin fades to nothing, a slight furrow in his brow. He remembers when it was he who was doing the persecuting, when it was the men under him, fighting in a war, killing, laughing, because of what seemed like differences in skin and eye color. He remembers their blood, as red as his, and how they smelled when they burned, just like any other man.

He doesn't intend to let it get that far. He's a lover, not a fighter. He doesn't have to agree with the things being said, the emotions on high, but he likes working in that atmosphere. Where would he be if hostilities got to him?

It takes but a second more before he looks at the Hitomi, that usually easy expression, the smirk, gone for the seriousness of the situation that looms before them.]

I noticed something when I arrived. It didn't seem like much of a problem before, but I think this--[look at him give that paper a bit of a wave]--makes it a little bit more important.

We're lacking in organization. We need more than scattered soldiers fighting monsters. That's all well, if that were the only thing we're facing, but we have every day dangers. Attacks on trade routes. Slavery. And then there are those who come in blind. I don't know about you, but this isn't acceptable where I'm from.

[Bet you didn't think you'd see that smirk again, did you? And Hawkeye might recognize that little fire there. Come on, you know how he is about these sorts of things. Why not? His reach for Fuhrer isn't all selfish.]

I'll even give up some of my own free time to help push this along. Anybody interested? [Ladies?]


Jan. 6th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
[After replying, Rin's been watching the debate. She's not sure where she stands, but she does tend toward not encouraging anything that has something like "soldier" or "military" in it. Because these terms imply violence, and if they start defining themselves as such, they may very well invite violence.

On the other hand, Allen has a point -- sometimes you have to just do thinks even if you invite other people's wrath doing it.

In that light, Marco's response is interesting.]

What's that method?
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: [voice]
[Oh, right. Marco sometimes forget that some people aren't from his world and won't get the references back home.]

Back in my world, in the country I lived in, there are lots of minorities. There used to be a law that supports segregation, separating the minorities from the white majority. "Separate and equal" is what the term was, but it was far from equal. Minorities - the blacks in the South, mostly, I think - get the worst schools, lower wages, less service, and worse facilities in the work place. Some restaurants didn't allow them in at all. If a crime was committed, someone from a minority was usually blamed. And if a crime was made against someone from that same group, they never get justice. I can go on with the list.

[If there were anymore details, Marco doesn't know them. He only got into his sophomore's year in high school and half the time he skipped history classes so he could go out and save the world.]

Anyway, this preacher, the guy I just mention? Did a nonviolent resistance. Did sit-ins, freedom rights, that sort of thing. Going to get arrested? Don't fight it. Go to restaurants that you aren't allowed to go to. Sit down in from of public places. Put economic pressure on business owners who don't want to be boycotted. It worked, and new laws were in place and pretty much got rid of the separate but equal status.

Though I'm not sure if the nonviolent technique would actually work here, since there's so few of us.
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
[That gives Rin a pause. Because it's an entirely new perspective on something that, if she is honest, happens where she is from, too. Even if in entirely different ways. Different context, different terminology, different involved parties, different treatment overall. But it's very much present, and Marco's recount forces her, for perhaps the first time, to really consider this.

It stings her a little, but she can't really place her finger on why this is so. Maybe it's something she should think about, even if she doesn't particularly want to. On the other hand, she may have justification not to, as right now, she has to deal with this kind of thing in this world, in Kannagara, wherein she is a victim of it.

So she considers this in that light only, for now.]

That... sounds kind of amazing. I -- if we have to protest somehow, and I think we do, and if it's possible, I'd rather do something like this.

Maybe we can find something that we could do something like that about that would affect them, even in few numbers.
Jan. 6th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
[Marco can understand it, if not only because of his mother was an immigrant. And a Hispanic one at that. He heard the words "wetback" and "beaner" far too often, mostly by slovenly, racist slobs. Most the slurs were aimed at his mother, but he has his fair share as well. He heard the stories of Operation Wetback from a grand-relative of his who went through it. He lives in a region of the US that used to have the similar segregation issues with Mexicans and other Hispanics, just like the blacks in the South did. Technically, there's no segregation anymore, and committing hateful acts against a person due to their race is a federal crime but . . . the bullshit lives on.]

I can't call it a "problem" to nonviolent protect, but when people did use it back in Civil Rights movement, it means that you pretty much have to eat the poison and eat the plate and not to dish it out. Even if they set the dogs on you. Even if they mob you and beat you to near death. Even if they lynch you. It happened during the protests back home and it might not be too different here.

Edited at 2011-01-06 09:31 pm (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
[Oh, well. That sounds slightly less fabulous.]

Hmm... it's admirable that they were ready to go such lengths -- to sacrifice so much for what's right.

But it would no doubt be hard to replicate.


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