Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

A Light History of Progress by Protest in the U.S.

October 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Susan Carroll

The long-running protests and related riots we are now experiencing are neither new nor unprecedented. Our country arose from protests, riots, and a revolution that demanded fair laws equally enforced. We now take pride in these histories — the Suffragettes, the Civil Rights marches, the Stonewall Riots, and others. But we have developed a myopia that past protests were non-violent or universally popular. They were neither. Power does not easily agree to cede power. Property was damaged. Fires were set. People were harmed and killed. Sometimes laws were changed, perhaps not as much or as fast as the protestors wanted,...

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