As Riots Persist, Public Ponders Their Effectiveness

Headline Roundup May 30th, 2020

Protests and demonstrations continued to devolve into chaos throughout the U.S. Friday night, as people took to the streets to oppose the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd. Floyd died after being forcefully restrained by a now-former police officer who's been charged with third-degree murder. The riots involved arson, looting and physical violence in several large U.S. cities.

Some left-rated voices said the riots and violence were an inevitable consequence of insufficient police reforms and purportedly systemic racism in U.S. criminal justice. Some right-rated voices expressed support for the right to protest, but lamented violent rioters and criticized local leadership and law enforcement for purportedly enabling the unrest.

As Riots Persist, Public Ponders Their Effectiveness

From the Center
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Protests erupted in cities across the country on Friday night amid mounting unrest over the police-involved death of George Floyd, with violent demonstrations and clashes between protesters and law enforcement stretching from coast to coast and reaching the outer barriers of the White House.

Footage of burning police cars in Atlanta, a gas station and other buildings on fire in Minneapolis, a police precinct in Brooklyn being charged by people and a standoff between demonstrators and Secret Service members wearing riot gear in Washington, D.C., were scattered across social media....

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From the Left
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OPINION

Every Fourth of July when I was a boy, the Jaycees sponsored a carnival at our local park, followed by a concert from the town’s volunteer band and a fireworks show. The water-balloon toss and the cotton candy machine were delightful, I suppose, but the attraction that galvanized every boy at the fair was the chance to lay down two bucks for the chance to swing a sledgehammer at an old car.

This was big money in those days. An hour and a half mowing and trimming a neighbor’s lawn...

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From the Right
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ANALYSIS

Sometimes a responsibility falls to you that you never anticipated. Sometimes history just demands that someone should say it: Riots are bad. Riots are never a coherent or moral response to injustice, they just multiply injustices and the rioters themselves often suffer more in the long run.

Unfortunately it must be said, because absolute morons who would call the cops without hesitation if there were an unruly loudspeaker or birdwatcher in their nice neighborhoods are cheering on and excusing rioting — rioting that is destroying businesses, livelihoods, and even a...

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