Weeks ago, students walked around campus with a blue stripe on their arms. Although the meaning of the movement was unknown, students rapidly joined. By the end of the day, signs were posted around the school, and it felt as though every student had a blue stripe on them. There were no requirements to be a part of the movement, and other than the tape and posters, no one really understood what it was. The posters around the school were vague, but they gave a sense that the “Movement’s” main goal was unity. When asked to be interviewed on the subject, Rabbi Ganz, the founder, responded with “No comment,” and stated he wouldn’t disclose any information about the organization.
When students were asked about the Movement, they also didn’t have much of a reason for joining other than the fact that their friends joined, so they joined too. Thalia Bentolila, a tenth grade student, stated that she joined the movement because, “My teacher was talking about it in class. My friends were a part of it. It was the talk of the school.” For many, the Movement was nothing meaningful; it was just being part of something with friends regardless of the meaning behind it. Thalia was asked if she thought that the Movement said anything about society today, and her response was, “I think that people joined the Movement because people want to be a part of what everyone else is doing.” This statement justifies the appeal of the Movement; some people joined not because of the movement itself, but rather because of the other people that were a part of it. Another anonymous student joined the Movement for the same reason. “I saw that all of my friends had the tape on them so I did it too,” they said. The same student added, “I think that the Movement had such an impact and was joined by so many because people like to follow trends. We follow others because we all want to be like everyone else.”
Although it had no apparent meaning, the Movement was fun because it united the student body and faculty alike. The fact that it had no valuable meaning made it a casual, funny, group to be a part of, and brought some light to dull week. It made school days funnier; people anticipated the days following the beginning of the Movement to see what new posters would be hung up next and if the idea would continue. The Movement created memories that many people will remember for a long time. How many people can say that a Rabbi at their school started a revolution?
In some sense, it is shocking how easily influenced people are today. Without knowing the meaning of the Movement, there didn’t seem to be anyone that wasn’t parading around with a blue stripe. Today, people seem to follow the majority, regardless of what that entails. People joined the Movement without giving it a second thought. Although the Movement was just a fad, in some aspects, it exemplifies how easy it is to get a large group of people to join a group unknowingly; people follow the majority, whether for good or bad. The Movement was a fun organization while it lasted, and was a shocking social experiment proving people’s desire to fit in with the crowd.