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Response to rpannier (Reply #32)

Sun Nov 30, 2014, 09:31 PM

37. A way that effectively sheds light on an issue...

..and doesn't repulse people who are either unaware or on the fence. That seems like common sense to me, and I'm unclear as to your inquiry. Most of the country saw such peaceful protests in the days following the news release, and the Rams used it to great effect today.

I can think of no social issue in history that has ever been resolved by breaking windows or setting anything ablaze, can you?

I'm old enough to have protested the Vietnam War in the '60s, and I'm sure there are those who still to this day believe that sit-ins and electric guitars ended that war. The truth is, it was giving the right to vote to 18 year old draft bait and a media awakening that brought about policy change. Personally, I think that's a lesson for the downtrodden citizens of Ferguson and elsewhere.

Voting and peaceful protest are powerful tools for change, but only if it's exercised by the majority. Images of violence just plays heavily into the hand of the oppressors.

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