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PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION IS OUT-DATED. IT WON’T STOP POLICE BRUTALITY OR VIOLENCE AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICANS

by AfroWorldNews

Peaceful demonstration sounds great as it appeals to the status quo. After all, you have to seek permission from the system and must operate within the established guidelines in order to peacefully march or demonstrate.. At this juncture, it essential to think out of the box, and understand that the opposite of a peaceful demonstration does not mean a violent reaction.  I am opposed to any form of violent action or reaction to bringing new and overdue political and structural changes.  Thus, advocating for a more practical and direct approach to addressing the structural racist system in my opinion seems relevant and more promising.

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At this juncture, we must ask the obvious question;  Are protests/peaceful demonstrations effective? Are they the best way to make practical and urgently needed changes in our society?

For many years, many experts and politicians have advocated for peaceful demonstration as a means of registering once grievance. But its effectiveness must be re-examined in light of the ongoing police shootings of young Black men and the wanton racist attacks directed at African Americans.  We are no longer in the 50s or even 60s where peaceful marches and demonstrations were viewed as an integral part of the civil rights movement, and a means of appealing to the government, the system, and the majority of whites hoping that they we see the pains and agony of African Americans and as such show some empathy.

While it is true that protest Protests are part of America’s history. The first occurred in 1765 — the Stamp Act Riots, which were prompted because the British declared that all printed material was to be taxed for British coffers. After the riots, a rattled British government repealed that tax act the very next year. The riots became the foundation for the American union, however, those protests then were against foreign domination and not designed to change a structural system that is constantly nourished by the court, social services, financial institutions, and all law enforcement agencies.

If peaceful demonstrations across the globe in 2020  the Chauvin trial, and the significance of all that happened last spring and summer after Floyd’s death did not stop the killing of Daunte Wright and countless more that have lost their lives at the hands of police since Floyd was murdered on live TV, there is no reason to assume that peaceful demonstrations will stop more future death at the hands of police. In light of these developments, a new approach has emerged across class and social boundaries presenting the case against peaceful demonstration as a solution to ending the problem of police violence directed at African Americans in most cases is viewed in isolation., as a separate and unique type of violence directed at African Americans. To fully address the issue, police violence in addition to other types of violence directed at African American community MUST be addressed as a  wholesome problem deeply rooted in a structural violence system designed to oppress, destroy and terrorize the African American communities.

Peaceful demonstration may be outdated.  It’s time to think out of the box and adopt a more proactive, effective, and direct approach to addressing the roots of these problems. Such an approach demands more than street demonstration. It demands constant engagement and participation in the political system such as local police board meetings, city and county board meetings, and more..

 

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