Posts Tagged ‘social movements’

Senseless Violence

Friday, June 26th, 2020

Most people who have participated in the mass protests in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd have been peaceful and focused on needed reforms.

Some hanger-on rioters have hurt people and destroyed property.

In Wisconsin, rioters badly beat self-described “Gay, Progressive, Democratic [State] Senator” Tim Carpenter.

Ngo on CHAZ

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

Andy Ngo reports, “On June 8 . . . left-wing protesters from Black Lives Matter and Antifa declared ownership of the six-block neighborhood in [Seattle]. They named their new territory the ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,’ or CHAZ. No laws or rules applied here except for one: ‘No cops allowed.’ During five undercover days and nights in the zone, I witnessed a continuing experiment in anarchy, chaos and brute-force criminality.” Although no one doubts Ngo has his own ax to grind, his report remains chilling.

More Senseless Vandalism

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Portland rioters toppled a statue of George Washington and burned an American flag atop it. This is not protest for positive change. This is just nihilism masked as edgy ideology.

Statue of abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier vandalized in his namesake city.”

Protesters tear down statues of Union general Ulysses S. Grant, national anthem lyricist Francis Scott Key.” Notably, the mighty Frederick Douglass eulogized Grant as “the captain whose invincible sword saved the republic from dismemberment, made liberty the law of the land,” and who was “too broad for prejudice.”

The statue of the famous Kansas abolitionist [John Brown] had been vandalized,” apparently by racists.

The First Virginia Regiment Monument [in Richmond] has been pulled down. . . . The First Virginia Regiment was an infantry regiment of the Virginia Line that served with the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.”


Wasow on Nonviolent Versus Violent Social Movements

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Omar Wasow has a lot to say about his recent paper on 1960s black protests, mainly in response to criticism from Nathan J. Robinson. Wasow thinks Robinson makes three main errors: “treating prejudice as immovable, ignoring black agency, and treating black leaders, thinkers, and activists as monolithic.”

Vandals Attack Monument to Black Civil War Soldiers

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Rioters deface monument honoring all-black regiment of Union Civil War soldiers.”