Why has a moral equivalence been drawn between damage done to property and the injury of actual human beings? This comparison is precisely what those who want to silence the protests wanted and expected. Once you claim that both sides are violent then both lose legitimacy. The Police Force isnt worried to lose legitimacy for a day or even a month, they are not going anywhere, but the labaelling of protesters as violent does, as you keenly point out, have the ability to severely damage or retard the protest movement. So, stop playing into their game. the smashing of a window can never, ever be compared to the injury of human beings. To do so not only reinforces the grotesque and disproportionate value placed on material possessions, but allows those who only observe the protest through the lens of the media to be comfortable in rejecting the protest movement and its values. The media, especially the media that purports to support the values of social justice, should be careful when using this word violence.
- 10:41 PM
from the article: Putting the protest at risk