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1The Importance of Protesting EffectivelyUniversity of ManitobaArts 1110: Introduction to UniversityProf. Michael O’Brien MoranAugust 27th, 2020Word Count: 1573Essay Number: 4
2The Importance of Protesting EffectivelySlavery is the foundation that led the United States to where there are today through theeconomic success of the cotton industry within the Confederate States. Despite slavery ending,black Americans still receive racism in subtle ways such as redlining in recent years, impactingtheir wealth, education, and criminal justice (The Root, 2019, 3:39). More importantly, in recentdecades black Americans have become targets of police brutality sparking protests nationwidefurther progressing into what is internationally known as the Black Lives Matter (BLM)movement. Most recently, the world took a turn during the global pandemic after the brutal deathof a black American named George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protests shot out in citiesacross the United States chanting justice for black Americans once again. Only this time globallyaround the world, with many protestors rioting and looting creating a societal divide betweenthose who stood for the movement and those who felt an ethical line was crossed. Nevertheless,protests need to operate within the boundaries of the law to establish an actual change, preventharm to protestors, and stop any other unnecessary counter protests from occurring.For an effective change to be made protests need to be done safely and lawfully. In fact,“protests can become defined solely by the actions of the protestors, rather than the social issuethat spurred the protests” (Leopold & Bell, 2017). Emphasizing the importance of exercisingpeaceful safe protests within the boundary of the law by bringing signs, wearing comfortableclothing, and knowing your rights (Leopold & Bell, 2017). Unfortunately, this is the opposite ofwhat occurred in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in the late summer of 2014 after the fatalpolice shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black unarmed teenager (Taylor, 2016).Citizens of Ferguson were anguished, and nationwide protests took place which “deepened thepolitical crisis, shattered the ‘postracial’ proclamation, and inspired others to rise up against a
3worsening epidemic of police brutality” (Taylor, 2016, p.13). Many protestors began rioting andlooting stores when the real message was to promote change so that there would no longer be aday where “black lives matter” needed to be chanted. Due to this reckless behaviour byprotestors, it lessened the likelihood that a change would be made by the government. On theother hand, there has been peaceful protests historically documented whom were able to meettheir policy goals. For example, the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 “demonstrated thepotential for nonviolent mass protests to successfully challenge racial segregation and served asan example for other southern campaigns that followed” (Clayborne, et al., 1997). At the time of

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