Protest Vs Riots

Over the past week or so we have seen the repercussions of out of control protesting. I think it is pretty obvious that riots are different from protesting but lets define them to be clear.

protest – a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.

riot – a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.

Protesting by no means has to calm and collective. You are standing up for something you and the people around strongly believe in. The second that destruction to personal property, people are getting injured, and in Baltimore’s case go into a state of emergency. There is an actual psychological and sociological functions that lead us to riot. This article below written by Ken Eisold PhD talks about these functions and how they come to be.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hidden-motives/201108/understanding-why-people-riot

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One thought on “Protest Vs Riots

  1. Sometimes the news media can manipulate how the viewers take in the message and in the protest in Baltimore, there was a picture with an African American man struggling to grab on to his bag as a Caucasian woman attempt to take it from him. The picture turned into a story, and the news media jumped in to use the photograph in support of the riot. The crazy shit is all we ever see on the news, and never the calm and boring stuff that doesn’t bring in views. I do agree that these two are totally different, and they are taken differently by the viewers. I just had a conversation about the riot that is happening in Baltimore with a coworker and a family member. We all agreed that violence never did do anyone good, and if social change was their goal, then they need to present themselves well and in control, because the media can twist up anything. Every time I see rioters burning cars, houses, and businesses because they’re made about social injustice, I too get angry, but not at those who are doing the injustice, but at the rioters. Portraying the very image that others have depicted of you is never a good thing, especially if it’s a negative depiction.

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