FACTS

    In 140 cities across the US, rioting and protests have continued, in some places for the sixth night since the death of George Floyd. Internationally as well, in cities such as Berlin, Beijing, London, and Ethiopia, people have joined the cause, calling for change and demanding justice both in both the US and their own nations. In many cities, violence and looting have followed peaceful protests, with standoffs ensuing between protestors and police force, buildings and cars being damaged, and some deaths occurring. President Trump has called on governors to take greater action against the unrest, which he said is being instigated by the far-left and outside groups.

    LEFT

    The Left believes rioters’ actions are justified in light of the injustice and systematic racism against the black community. “George Floyd is not the first black man to die from a white cop’s indifference. When something unforgivable happens over and over again, what are people to do?” wrote a columnist for the Detroit Free Press. An article from The Guardian noted that no matter how people protest they will be criticized: “If violent unrest isn’t the answer, then what is? How exactly do you go about ending police brutality and systemic racism in America?” They believe that people are hypocritical in condemning the protestor’s violence, saying that it is because of the very long standing violence of the police, that current events are taking place to begin with. 

    RIGHT

    The Right supports the peaceful protests but condemns the looting and violent rioting, noting the distinction between the two. An article with the New York Post commended the arrest of Chauvin, the officer who held Floyd down, saying his actions were a betrayal of both the police and the public, but added, “Outrage over it is entirely righteous. But that outrage shouldn’t be directed at innocents and culminate in yet more senseless violence.” They point out the ineffectiveness of violent riots in the history: “Riots harm their communities. They don’t reform them.” Some on the Right have noted that while police brutality is being focused on, the reality of high crime rates in many black neighborhoods is largely being ignored in the conversation. 

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