I'm sure a great deal of you will take this as white male insecurity. There is a crossable line when it comes to this topic and that goes for people of all races.
The only thing I owe my fellow humans of any race is empathy and understanding. What I offer is some eyes to see from the nitty-gritty what it's like to be a social worker and advocate for the homeless. I do that regardless of any factor. Why don't you tell me who is changing more lives... The person actively working with people who are usually products of this shitty system we have, or the person laying down in a busy street as an act of protest?
I'm forced to work with people who have insanely different pasts than myself. People that remind me that I wouldn't be where I am if people had not invested themselves in me. I have to understand people who come from all walks of life and it is my job to advocate/coach them. If you think I am bragging it's because I am. I don't make a lot of money, but I also don't wake up and sit at the edge of my bed just dreading going to work. I take this very seriously because I relate to these guys, and that means I have learned to listen. All you have to do is listen to them rather than lecture them. You need to be on the same playing field if you want to understand someone and have any sort of influence.
My point is you have to tackle shit from the inside. If I was not able to relate to all the people I work with (staff or client) I don't think I could keep my job. I completely understand why people are compelled to lay down in the streets or block traffic as a form of protest. These are people who are not being heard and what do you do at that point? I can't stand blocking traffic though because there are people who need to work. Then you have more serious matters to consider like medical emergencies. It takes disregard for people to take notice of a cause that is disregarded and it's just not right. The point is made loud and clear and it draws a big line in the sand as well.
I'm seeing so much blame and no accountability by people who have never walked a mile in a another person's shoes. It just leaves everyone on the defensive and ultimately divided.
I'd say we are all guilty at some level.