Letter to the editor: Two different kinds of protests

Posted 1/20/21

Two different kinds of protests In the aftermath of the recent riot at the United States Capitol, the nation is left divided over what some argue to be acting upon their First Amendment right, and …

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Letter to the editor: Two different kinds of protests

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Two different kinds of protests

In the aftermath of the recent riot at the United States Capitol, the nation is left divided over what some argue to be acting upon their First Amendment right, and what others view as a true act of domestic terrorism. This division has been demonstrated heavily by news coverage, social media, and other forms of communication. I am writing to give my perspective on the issue.

My stance on the topic at hand became apparent when I was able to compare and contrast the events of the Black Lives Matter protests this summer and the protests that took place recently at the Capitol. The difference that proved vital for me in these two events of protest were the motives that fueled the actions of the demonstrations.

The Black Lives Matter protests were carried out by a heavily marginalized group and those who concurred with their message. The chant for equality, “Black Lives Matter,” rang through the heads of Americans as we saw countless valiant efforts of underrepresented citizens fight for their voice and reject the unethical murders of those in their community. These protests led to the destruction of property and violence as many asked, “how can we harness the attention of those fit to incite change?”

In juxtaposition, the protesters at the Capitol brought violence and damage to our nation’s home. Their reasoning was disrupting our nation’s democratic processes, under the guidance of the country’s leading firebrand, provoking and encouraging this ill-conceived behavior along the way.

Thomas Romano

Parker

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