Does rioting get better results than protesting? | The Tylt
We are often told that nonviolent resistance is the morally superior way to affect change. But there is considerable evidence violent noncompliance is actually the most effective way to produce social change; the comfortable must feel afflicted. What do you think?
Does rioting get better results than protesting?
Protestors clashed with police following the inauguration of President Donald Trump, once again stoking the debate about the efficacy of peaceful protests versus rioting. What do you think?
Riots are often rooted in deep feelings of neglect and injustice, and can produce results when demonstrations of violence challenge the status quo:
"When you have a major event like this, the power structure has to respond," [Darnell] Hunt of UCLA said. "Some very concrete, material things often come out of these events."
Megan McArdle makes the argument that we may have learned the wrong lessons from the sixties, and the status quo reflexively reacts against rioters:
Of course, rioting can fall on the continuum from flat-out immoral to justified. I certainly sympathize with the grievances of the people who rioted following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. more than I do with soccer hooligans or Tulsa lynch mobs. But regardless of justification, rioting is incredibly destructive, mostly in the neighborhoods where the rioters live. In my own city, Washington, D.C., the major retail corridors that were destroyed in the 1968 riots have only really begun to recover in the last five years (and one of them still hasn't). Who suffered because of that? The store owners, obviously, and their insurers. But the people who suffered most grievously were the mostly black people who lived in those neighborhoods. The commercial craters left by the riots attracted crime, raised unemployment and left the residents of the neighborhood nowhere to buy the necessities of life. People who had just started to get a toehold in homeownership saw the value of their homes depressed for decades.
"Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in mainstream culture."
Does rioting remove support from people who might otherwise be in favor of social changes?
I am ONE HUNDRED percent in support of peaceful protests. I am ONE HUNDRED percent against violence and looting.— The Orange Cone (@TheOrangeCone) September 22, 2016
Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a lot about this. It's easy to say people do not have the right to violence when you benefit from the very system people are protesting against.
"When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself."
Some of the biggest civil rights and political reforms came about after violent protests. You can't neglect an entire community and then raise your nose when that resentment boils over.
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