Views expressed are proudly by John Milovcic
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Peaceful protesting is a right. It is protected under our first amendment of the Constitution. We as Americans have the right to peacefully assembly. Protests happen because they can work. America is founded, at least in part by protests sometimes escalating towards rioting. We do not condone looting, but we understand it. Need an example? The Boston Tea Party. Do you think it was about a group of people drinking Earl Grey along the Charles River? That was looting. Yes, the victim was the English so we look at it as a heroic statement, but guaranteed the crown saw a different way. In other words perception is subjective. Your villain is my hero.
Mahatma Gandhi practiced civil disobedience. He wanted India to become independent. To circumvent the British tax on clothes, Ghandi and his friends decided to make it themselves. The traded services out. When the English taxed salt, Ghandi and nearly 300 other Indians went to the salt mines. Peacefully they were going against the status quo. History views Ghandi as a hero. King George the Sixth surely didn’t… possibly not even knowing what was happening.
This is what happens when you protest. You force the status quo to reexamine what they are doing. The status quo tries to quell every outbreak, but can’t. Their resources are stretched thin and usually tide tends to go with the protesters. Provided you win the media portion, eventually change happens.
In 1969, Stonewall Inn, in Manhattan, was constantly raided by the NYPD. The were some some strict anti gay legislation passed in the 1950s and 1960s that made gays easy targets. The NYPD were specifically targeting these marginalized people… until the people had enough. This community rioted back. This month, June, is the annual Pride Parade… Pride celebrates the Stonewall Riots. Change happened.
1989 in Tiananmen Square, China, college students started demanding rights. They wanted to be in control of their own future. The Authoritative Chinese Government let it go for a while. They let the students have their day. However, once an official visit was announced with the former USSR’s leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping decided it was time to squash this. Xiaoping decided to unleash China’s military on the peaceful protesters. This riot did not result in the change that was wanted, but the students are viewed as heroes. When you watch the footage of the tank running over the single protester you can’t deny the will of people.
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous, poignant “I have a dream” speech in our nation’s capital of Washington DC. With one speech Martin Luther King Jr, joined Jefferson and Lincoln on people that reshaped American culture. Protests led to change. Protests led to some of the Civil Rights Acts. Protests works. Unfortunately we are still fighting some of these issue, which is the sad truth.
Black Lives Matter is decades in the making. The tension has been building. It’s drips with every arrest, every unjust law passed and enforced. It’s in our nation’s schools, it permeates in housing, it is in our current form of bail. In terms of George Floyd, a possible counterfeit bank note should never be a death sentence. Meanwhile in Staten Island’s Eric Garner, selling loose cigarettes should not be met with execution. Moreover, why are the police the ones that decide to carry out the punishment? If justice were granted disgraced Officer Derek Chauvin should be executed- not given a charge of Murder 2. The other officers should be given charges of Murder 3.
This comes to the age old question of who polices the police? By the looks of it no one. If officers either active or not, can simply kill an unarmed man because of the color of their skin, we all lose. There will never be another quote from Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Dontre Hamilton, John Crawford III, Ezell Ford, Laquan McDonald, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Antonio Martin or Jerame Reid. Victims like Charley Leundeu Keunang, Tony Robinson, Anthony Hill, Meagan Hockaday, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, William Chapman, Jonathan Sanders, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose, Jeremy McDole, Corey Jones, and Jamar Clark will NEVER have their chance to defend themselves in a court of law. Bruce Kelley Jr., Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Joseph Mann, Abdirahman Abdi, Paul O’Neal, Korryn Gaines, Sylville Smith, Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott, Alfred Olango, and Deborah Danner are not returning their families
Yes some protests have turned violent. Mob mentally gets in the way, but property can be repaired/ replaced, but lives can’t. You only get one of those. It’s sacred. I stand in support with BLM!
Rest In Peace George Floyd.
Because I think this is as relevant now as it was in 1963, I included the full “I Have A Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.