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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ponder this

Did you hear what happened in Boston?

In Boston, during a verbal dispute, an unarmed teenage boy was forcefully hit in the head with the butt of a weapon by local law enforcement.
Word of the incident spread quickly, and a large number of locals gathered in the street where the incident had happened to protest almost immediately.
As the crowd grew, angry protesters shouted slogans; some business owners, fearing property damage, shut their doors. The local authorities called for uniformed backup; backup came, well-armed.
The assembly was deemed "unlawful," and the crowd was ordered to disperse. The protesters began to throw dirt clods in response.
In response, multiple uniformed law enforcers fired on the crowd. The first protester to die was a black man and the authorities justified the shooting by claiming that they "feared for their lives".
The year was 1770, the authorities were British soldiers, the protest would later be called the Boston Massacre, and the first protester killed in that conflict was Crispus Attucks, a black man considered by many to be a heroic American patriot and the first casualty of the American Revolution.
If, while reading this story, you found yourself siding with the authorities and thinking that the protesters should have dispersed when ordered, and/or that the protesters armed with dirt and sticks deserved to be met with deadly force by armed law enforcement, be aware that you chose the side of the tyrant King George III, not the American patriots.
Ponder that.


jaz@octoberfarm said...

this is really good!

anne marie in philly said...

holy shitsnax! thank you for the reminder.

River said...

1770 to 2020; not much has changed in the 250 years. And why not? Why are people so resistant to change, why can they not let go of racism? We're all people for heaven's sake!

Valerie said...

Thank you, Leanna.

ellen abbott said...

I've seen several posts on social media pointing out that this country was born through protest and riot.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

"The more things change, the more they stay the same," eh?

yellowdoggranny said...

can I put this on my facebook? everyone needs to read this.

pam nash said...

Excellent, Leanna. Excellent post.

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