Protest vs. Riot

Pro·test

Noun:

Statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.

Verb:

1.express an objection to what someone has said or done.

2.declare (something) firmly and emphatically in the face of stated or implied doubt or in response to an accusation.

 

Ri·ot

Noun:

1.violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.

Verb:

Take part in a violent public disturbance.

 

There is absolutely no reason people should riot, for any reason, Period. Maybe they are confused with what protest really means. Do you see the word “violent” in the definition of protest? People need to learn to control their anger and direct it towards making a change. If you are not a part of the solution then you are a part of the problem.

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12 thoughts on “Protest vs. Riot

    1. “As I have walked among the desperate, rejected and angry young men I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked — and rightly so — what about Vietnam? They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”
      – Martin Luther King, “Beyond Vietnam,” 1967

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  1. I seem to feel compelled to write a lot of comments on this situation lately, but I feel it is so, so important!

    Living in a predominantly white, safe, and middle class community, as we do, it is maybe a little too easy for us to watch the news from the comfort our home and pass judgement on others. I wonder if a little education, and a lot more compassion, would serve us all well in this situation.

    This riot did not break out because their team won or lost, as have caused recent riots here. It broke out because police brutality is at at an all time high in Baltimore, with close to $12M in taxpayer money being paid over the past five years alone: $6M in compensation to those affected by the brutality and another $6M in legal fees to defend the police charged with the brutality. Most of that compensation did not go to the younger generation, but to individuals such as a pregnant accountant and a grandmother. And for those who do watch the news, we can just imagine how much police brutality lays unchecked under that $12M tip of the iceburg. Yet we point fingers at these rioters and say where is the peace? They very much live with a lack of peace – every day -and much of that from the very system that is put in place to serve and protect them.

    The vast majority of the rioters are the younger generation, who have not suffered nearly as much as the older generations, and yet the older generations are choosing peace and many doing what they can to bring peace to the situation. Like the mother who went in and dragged her son home from the riots after recognizing him on the news. We all saw the scolding he got, but when interviewed the mother spoke of constantly just trying to keep him alive, even making him stay in the house all day on occasion to help make that happen. It is hard to believe this is her way of life in modern day US! Only now are the majority of Americans aware of the stressful life many live in Baltimore – including myself – and only now because of the rioting.

    Of course peace is the higher path – always. Always! And violence is never the answer. But I ask that we all please suspend judgement and lend a little compassion to those who do not live as safe and comfortable a life as we do here, in our beautiful seaside city and town.

    An good background article on what led up to the riots:

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7161962?utm_hp_ref=tw

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    1. I cant even imagine the frustration that has been going on for decades regarding police brutality. watching the interviews of the older generation when asked about the riots they say “we just learned to accept it there’s nothing we can do” and ofcourse the younger generation is going to lash out in this way however it’s gone too far.

      it’s sad we still have this going in the world and more importantly our country. as the saying goes “everything starts at home” we should really focus on the issues at hand in our country.

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    2. I couldn’t agree more with your reply Jenna. We who live white in ease and comfort, supporting love, peace and the higher spiritual ground, have a responsibility to open our eyes and see how many in this country, and the world, are forced by us to live, so that real change can happen. If it weren’t for the riot, we would not have been forced to open our eyes. It would just have been just another protest by those bothersome black people who just can’t seem to get over slavery already.

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  2. “””Spot on Alicia thank YOU!!! – Check this song out especially note the words that’s what the true dream is all about. Many times it traveling folks who can make a mess and not live with the fallout or after affects…I saw too much in the 60’s in this area and did not understand it then – by all means express your feeling in a right way…Listen and Learn…golden rule. Is their injustice in some cases yes! Be the stronger person and use it to change for all! I miss her voice and spirit but it lives within and only I can give that away!

    “The ripples run into the sun
    And your smile blends with the clouds that flutter by me
    As I sit on the edge of a dream
    What do I see? what do I see?
    I see the children playing in the sun
    And there is love enough for each and everyone”

    Minnie Riperton : The Edge Of A Dream

    m. riperton r. rudolph)
    The ripples run into the sun
    And your smile blends with the clouds that flutter by me
    As I sit on the edge of a dream
    What do I see? what do I see?
    I see the children playing in the sun
    And there is love enough for each and everyone
    As I sit on the edge of a dream
    That’s what I see! that’s what I see!
    Things that might be, if we look we just might see
    Paint the world so brightly, let our freedom ring
    Merry-go-round without a sound
    I hear your song in the breeze that rock-a-byes me
    As I sit on the edge of a dream
    What do I see? what do I see?
    I see the lord inside of everyone
    Can it be my dream will really come
    As I sit on the edge of a dream
    That’s what I see! that’s what I see!
    Things that might be, if we look we just might see
    Paint the world so brightly, let our freedom ring
    And here comes the morning sun
    I wonder if my dream will really come
    As I site on the edge of a dream

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