The death of George Floyd was sickening, tragic, and gut-wrenching to see. There are definitely major problems in this country.
But please, I’m begging people to keep protests peaceful.
Violence is not the answer!
I realize emotions are running high. Many are hurt and angry and have every right to be so. I also know that the vast majority of protesters are peaceful. They want to exercise their constitutional right to speak out and make their voices heard.
Unfortunately, there is a small number of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, have gotten violent. But folks, violence is wrong and hurts the cause.
For long term, real change, protesters need to gain the attention and sympathy of the mainstream population. You want people to think about the underlying issues and possible solutions. You want them talking about the situation with others and voting in better political leaders.
Thing is, when individuals loot, burn stores, and wreck parked vehicles, many of the very people whose support you need are turned off. They often become less sympathetic to the cause. Also, violence can lead to further unnecessary, tragic suffering and senseless death.
Another problem is that when people, who want positive change, stay silent (or try to defend the violence), they are enabling the small number of protesters who are getting violent.
Please, keep protests peaceful and nonviolent as best you can.
Encourage everyone getting involved that it must be peaceful. That is what Martin Luther King did. He said over and over that the protests were nonviolent. It became ingrained into the movement.
I am imploring everyone to reiterate over and over that the struggle for positive change is and must be nonviolent. Speak out for peaceful protest and methods. Make the concept of nonviolence a cornerstone of the movement. And have the courage to speak out against those who are getting violent. Doing this will save lives as well as gain more support in the quest for a better future.