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Violence Is a Legitimate Form of Protest—Sorry, Not Sorry!

Updated on June 3, 2020
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Social issues can only be remedied by a collective acceptance of those opinions we view as opposing our own.

Violence is as profound as it is effective.
Violence is as profound as it is effective. | Source

Anyone who follows my work actively, or even passively and in an indirect manner, knows that I like to be controversial for the sake of controversy itself. However, that doesn't always mean I don't agree with what I write despite its inherently contentious nature. Today I come to say, in both belief and controversial tone, that the violence we see from protesters is an absolutely valid and important tactic.

I'd like to break away from my anti-racism narrative that I've been pushing, and discuss the violence that I see occurring under the guise of noble protest.

Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least.

— Donald J. Trump, POTUS

Our Government Loves Violence

If it isn't blatantly obvious to you now, then may whatever deity you do or do not subscribe to have mercy on your ignorant soul. The United States government, and any comparable power, loves to use violence any chance they can when it is convenient for them. All the while they will stamp out any dissent, peaceful or otherwise, through the use of excessive violence.

The POTUS, Donald J. Trump, had to have peaceful protesters removed with violence on the supposed orders of William Barr. Trump, seeming to want to show that his retreat into the White House bunker was just an inspection of sorts, decided it would be a good idea to get a photo opportunity in at a church. I laugh as I write this, thinking about the separation of church and state that is all too opaque for my liking, but I bet God, Allah, Satan, or whatever invisible sky daddy(s) you pray to as the all-knowing would frown upon this weak show of violence against peaceful individuals.

Is this the first time the United States government has decided that violence was the answer to all their problems, regardless of cause or outcome? No, and if you can manage to bring yourself to scroll through this list; we can see that the US absolutely adores the generous use of violence as a tool for positive change. So I pose this question, "What makes you think, seeing our own government idolizes violence as a be-all, end-all tool, violence is not a reasonable tactic for protesters?"

Our country was built on the back of violence.
Our country was built on the back of violence. | Source

Before this goes any further, because I'm sure there are those who'd get a sick kick out of reporting this and getting it removed, I am not promoting illegal violence. You should not go out and use illegal violence as a way to express your frustrations on my orders. What it is I am saying here, undeniably, is that throughout history violence has been used as the most crucial catalyst for progressive change.

Though he could be considered a militant racist, fighting against other militant racists justifiably; Malcolm X is a wonderful role model to look to for violence helping to bring about lasting change. Like a true leader, he would stand with his men upon the front lines and demand justice through force where he could not get it through peaceful means. He may not have known it at the time, but his actions in conjunction with others like MLK would lead to this moment in time where all races could stand up for their rights using whatever means are deemed necessary.

You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.

— Malcolm X

Crying for Help

My biggest fear with all this, the matter of utmost concern, would have to be the lack of actual organization with the violence. Soft targets are burning, targets like small businesses owned by equally oppressed individuals, while the targets that symbolize and propagate oppression stand unscathed. Why would you attack a small business, be anywhere near a small business, and ignore the targets that would have the oppressor shaking in their boots?

You see, when you burn down your neighbors' businesses, stand in the middle of the street keeping them from going to work, all you are doing is giving the enemy a reason to use violence on you before you can elicit change. These are not the actions taken within a successful protest, and you are oppressing those who are suffering right along with you. These ignorant acts are born from a desperate shriek for help, one that isn't being heard by those who are the important targets.

Even further, as you desperately beg for progressive change that sees brutality and maltreatment come to an end, you hold back the rage within to follow the same laws that see you held down. You could be overwhelming the fools who'd fight on behalf of evil, but you let them box you in.

Your enemies preach anti-violence as they shoot peaceful protesters with rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray. Our enemies preach anti-racism as they racially charge every little bit of their presentation, so as to divide us even further. The enemy of all, the enemy of diversity and inclusion, calls for your imprisonment while you do more damage to your fellow slaves than to the ones who'd call themselves master.

It is time to put race aside, look to the top of this pyramid of trickle-down cruelty, and target the ones who seek to control you with the violence they speak out against in appearance only!

Is violence a justifiable tactic?

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No matter the color, we are one!
No matter the color, we are one! | Source

Violence is a tool of power, and that tool is most often wielded by those who preach peace as the only way to greatness. Don't let them pull the wool over your eyes, take back what it is we are owed!

— Kyler J. Falk

Don't Be Afraid

I see these protests failing in the long-run, not because they are unworthy or spreading a message that falls upon deaf and racist ears, but because the marginalized minority continues to allow the majority to silence them with violence. Verbal, physical, emotional violence, it is all something people readily deny accountability for and yet use them on a daily basis. Don't let them silence you, and don't let violence be used as a tool of oppression.

If you're scrolling social media and see an all lives matter post, celebrate it as the cry for help that it is, the same cry for help that comes from the black lives matter movement. When you see someone calling out racism, no matter who that racism is against, celebrate their use of their voice rather than trying to silence it with yours. Should you witness opportunistic violence in any form, call upon your brothers and sisters to bring a swift end to it and pick the enemy up to march with you.

Now is the time to use every tool at our disposal for ending the ongoing system of racist petulance and power abuse. Red, white, black, yellow, khaki... we are the human race and those who seek to abuse us under their greedy iron fists are the enemy. Oppression has no color, and such a diverse enemy requires an inclusive army to fight it.

Stand with your brothers and sisters of the human race, and promote the end of oppression no matter what it may look like!


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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      It is a sad state of affairs, Brenda, and one that is doomed to repeat itself without proper justice. At the very least, the government could address matters with a more fair and impartial presentation and not use every little occurrence to demonize opponents. The hatred they sow among one another trickles down to us here under their boot, and it is becoming more and more suffocating.

      We can prevail against evil and oppression, we just need to keep fighting the right targets.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      12 months ago from Washington Court House


      In my area there is a group who is actually organizing protests and busing people to different places to protest.

      Thus the damage.

      I don't think this is the way it should be.

      As you said once it becomes organized...they are even hurting business not owned by white people.

      I hope we find a way out of this hateful cycle before it is too late.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      You're going to need to elucidate on the connotations being implied behind that quotation for you, so that I may respond in an educated manner. I could take it in so many directions that I'll need clarification to have anything worthwhile to respond with.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      12 months ago from Florida

      "A communist system can be recognized by the fact that it spares the criminals and criminalizes the political opponent."

      Alexander Issajewitsch Solschenizyn

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      I'd have to agree with you there, but the second the violence becomes organized it also becomes domestic terrorism. An extremely rough situation with no cut and dry answers. At least we seem to be shaking up the infrastructure of American politics and law enforcement.

      Although, I'm not too sure the outcome of these happenings will be in the favor of the American people at all. I'm thinking things are only going to get worse in the long-haul, and we'll see laws like they have in European nations being adopted over the next ten years. The type of laws that limit everyone to an, as of now, unfounded level of disarmament.

      Then again I felt that's where we've been heading without these happenings, but time will tell.

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      MG Singh emge 

      12 months ago from Singapore

      Somehow my comment seems to be missing. Basically I had written that violence cannot be justified to highlight a wrong in society.Because it degenerates into looting and arson and the lumpen elements have a field day but the problem remains.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      Good to see you, MG, your comment came up blank. I don't know if that was purposeful or you had actually typed something, but nonetheless thanks for reading!

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      MG Singh emge 

      12 months ago from Singapore

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      @Road Monkey: A very sad state of affairs indeed, and one whose infrastructure needs a good shaking to bring it back to appropriate levels every once in a while.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      @Brenda: You'll have to pardon the lack of your comments showing up, I've been being harassed with hate mail and hate comments lately. I set it so every comment has to be approved, lest I be forced to babysit my comments section to avoid HubPages marking them for removal because of the comments section.

      Violence is always a legitimate tactic, our government is the greatest example of this, but it is on the appropriate target and outcome which the violence must focus. The violence we see from law enforcement is not necessary, and the violence we are seeing target the oppressed is also unnecessary. Although this stuff has been going on for years, I'd say it is about time that violence be applied where it will be progressive.

      Of course I do not condone illegal violence, but the sort of violence that even the authorities support as constructive and positive for all.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      12 months ago from Washington Court House


      I thought I commented on this one earlier, but I don't see it.

      I do not agree that violence is the answer. In my area they are burning, looting and smashing windows of businesses that just got back open from Covid-19.

      This is not helping the cause of George Floyd by destroying innocent people's livelihood.

      I don't think the forceful removal of peaceful protesters was or is necessary.

      I think our President needs to stay off twitter and photo ops.

      I believe anyone who has a heart is saddened by George Floyd's death.

      I believe we are all part of The Human yes, I am one of those who says All lives Matter.

      I do believe the corrupt individuals need to be removed from offices of authority but this is not the way to achieve it.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • RoadMonkey profile image


      12 months ago

      Yes! This is true. They use propaganda and weasel words to keep their grasp on power and what they see as cannon fodder, oppressed and working to keep their coffers filled.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      12 months ago from Washington Court House


      I do not agree with the forceful removal of peaceful protesters, but The protests in my area seem to be out of control.

      Burning down business of a local hardworking person, or smashing windows and looting when many of these establishments just reopened from Covid 19 is not doing anything to help their cause.

      I am one who believes All lives Matter.

      We belong to the Human Race. The oppression of blacks was created by forefathers...not us.

      No one can change the past, but I'd like to believe we accept all races as one in the present day.

      Violence of this sort and bussing of groups to towns where they are not even from makes no sense to me.

      Nothing will bring back George Floyd and charges have been filed.

      We need to change the corrupt individuals but not this way.

      Thanks for sharing.


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