In the days after Donald Trump's shock victory in the U.S., I had a thought-provoking, somewhat comical conversation on one of my Whatsapp groups about the usefulness of anti-Trump protests in the U.S.
"Hey Americans?", Hannah, my cousin in Toronto posted, in reference to our cousin, Shaan, and his wife, Mona, who had moved from Canada 21 years ago to settle in Virginia, D.C.
"It's stupid that this Trump stuff is still going on. The protests, etc. WTF? It's scary that Americans are acting like poor third-world nations."
Shaan: "What? Americans have always loved protesting. It's built into our constitution. Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression and freedom to dissent!"