Protests Have Taken Place For Decades Demanding Racial Justice
And it's not always effective. Nor does it necessarily translate into legislative change.
Both Black and white Americans have been speaking out against racial injustice for centuries. Some of the earliest protests led by Black activists took place as early as the first decade of the 20th century, led by W.E.B. DuBois. Since then, thousands of protests have demanded an end to racial inequalities, often with limited success. The late 1950s and early 1960s are remembered as a decade of protest for Black Americans. Led by Martin Luther King and others, those protests pushed for equal access to voting rights, education, and private businesses. While that movement eventually saw results, many changes only happened after King's death, long after the protests themselves. The nature of protests has evolved since that time, ranging from legal challenges, to political pressure, culminating in the widespread protesting and rioting seen in 2020. One political scientist found that protests can garner "common sense" understanding around issues such as same-sex marriage. But that shared understanding doesn't necessarily translate to concrete action or legislative change.
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I have observed that protests have been widespread and well-documented both by major news outlets and by respected historians