Badiou talks about this: when the element that was uncounted within a situation... the element that had no part in it and wasn't factored into anyone's interpretations of what it means to be a political subject... suddenly reveals itself:
More than 500,000 protesters — demanding that Congress abandon attempts to make illegal immigration a felony and to build more walls along the border — surprised police who estimated the crowd size using aerial photographs and other techniques, police Cmdr. Louis Gray Jr. said.Like the number zero or the Godel number that represents a statement that is true, but not demonstrable through one's set of axioms, illegal immigrants are erased from symbolic existence but continue to persist in the margins of American society. They're denied any means of political representation. Many of them are probably afraid of calling emergency services to report things like spousal abuse due to fear of deportation. Most of them are exploited and work horrible hours for shit pay. They're threatened on a daily basis and are sometimes attacked by right wing hate groups.
Wearing white T-shirts to symbolize peace, the demonstrators chanted "Mexico!" "USA!" and "Si se puede," an old Mexican-American civil rights shout that means "Yes, we can."
In Denver, more than 50,000 people protested downtown Saturday, according to police who had expected only a few thousand. Phoenix was similarly surprised Friday when an estimated 20,000 people gathered for one of the biggest demonstrations in city history, and more than 10,000 marched in Milwaukee on Thursday.
But they're here and no matter how much we wish that they don't exist, they do.