If there’s no justice in America, you can’t have domestic tranquility either

If you’re upset about the riots and looting — maybe “clutch your pearls less“, and support efforts to reform our justice system now.

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty”
— Thomas Jefferson

We’ve tried to peacefully protest. We’ve tried to silently protest. We’ve written letters, voted in elections, donated to causes and politicians; and we’ve boycotted products and services. We’ve created unions and non-profits; organized movements, and did everything humanly possible to eliminate injustice, improve society, save lives, and protect the environment.

And yet things have not been getting significantly better for decades. In fact, almost all of the reasons that have created enough outrage for people to protest about, have become worse today than when we first protested them.

It’s been 65 years since Rosa Parks resisted bus segregation. The reasons she resisted have still not been heard, reasonably addressed, or resolved. Peaceful protesting did not accomplish the goals of her protest because minorities are still dealing with these systemic racial injustices.

It’s been more than 54 years since the Selma March. The reasons they marched have still not been heard, reasonably addressed, or resolved. Peaceful protesting did not accomplish the goals of the protest.

It’s been 53 years since Cesar Chavez organized the Hispanic Farm Worker Rights protests. The reasons they marched have still not been heard, reasonably addressed, or resolved. Peaceful protesting did not accomplish the goals of the protest.

It’s been 42 years since the Longest Walk, a march undertaken by Native Americans and supporters to protect threatened indigenous land. The reasons they walked have still not been heard, reasonably addressed, or resolved. Peaceful protesting did not accomplish the goals of the protest.

It’s been 9 years since the Occupy Movement protested social and economic inequality and to the lack of “real democracy”. We still have social and economic inequality and it hasn’t become better, it’s much worse today. The reasons they protested have still not been heard, reasonably addressed, or resolved. Peaceful protesting did not accomplish the goals of the protest.

It’s been 4 years since the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, also known by the hashtag #NoDAPL, where the Standing Rock Indian Tribe and supporters protested to prevent the pipeline from being built through their land and critical river infrastructure. The reasons they protested have still not been heard, reasonably addressed, or resolved. Peaceful protesting did not accomplish the goals of the protest.

It’s been 3 years since Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest police brutality and racism. Obviously, given recent events in Minneapolis, the reasons Kaepernick and the other players #tookaknee still have not been heard, reasonably addressed, or resolved. Peaceful protesting did not accomplish the goals of the protest.

There are some people who are expressing their outrage because of the protests, riots, looting, and vandalism that’s currently happening in cities across America. We keep hearing them complain “but there is a better way”.

To respond to those complaints, I defer to this quote by Rafi D’Angelo.

“Keep working on those better ways. Don’t let the riots stop you. Fight for criminal justice reform, fight for income inequality, fight for universal healthcare, fight for free education, fight for higher taxes on the 1% — fight for all those things that would make rioting less likely. And while you’re fighting the long, slow war toward Black people having a fair shot in this country, the same war we’ve been fighting for hundreds of years, there will be times when some people directly affected by the war see your actions as futile and they just wanna break some stuff. Clutch your pearls less and speed up the war if you’re so offended by property damage.”

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
— John F. Kennedy

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