Reflect back on American history over the past 60 years and identify a protest movement which was successful. An obvious answer would be the civil rights movement which ended legal segregation and Jim Crow laws in the South and delivered the right to vote to African Americans. Unlike today’s protests, civil rights marches then were non-violent. The only violent behavior was done by police (remember Bull Connor) and rowdy white citizens.
Concerned Americans have the right to be enraged by the murder of George Floyd and their right to protest is guaranteed by our constitution. Breaking into stores and looting is not protest, it is theft. Burning down businesses and buildings is not protest, it is arson. Throwing bottles, rocks and fire crackers at police is not protest, it is assault.
Imagine if these citizens angry over the murder of George Floyd gathered by the thousands in large cities and marched peacefully, carrying signs demanding the end of police violence and chanting for justice. Now imagine if they did this every day delaying downtown traffic, what would happen? Mayors would have to act to deal with unwarranted aggressive police behavior, or the protesters would have to be arrested. More protesters would follow the next day and the city jails would be overflowing.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, large number of incarcerated protesters in close quarters would lead to the virus spreading and lawsuits against the city. All this without fires, looting or assaults.
If Americans are in a rage over the unnecessary murder of blacks by police, they must be incensed over the deaths of young black males in gang violence. The number of African Americans killed by police officers pales in comparison to the count of African Americans killed in drive-by shootings and gang initiation rites. If black lives matter, as they should, why is there no national protest movement demanding that municipalities and states make meaningful efforts to end gang violence?