Future protests should be peaceful and very strictly goal-oriented
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, which resulted in protests in Ferguson, Mo., and around the U.S. Next week we remember another period of civil unrest, the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Watts Riots, a six-day melee that resulted in 34 deaths, more than 1,000 wounded, and almost 4,000 arrested. On Aug. 11, 1965, white cops stopped a black driver who was suspected to be under the influence, he resisted arrest, and the cops beat him. A rumor spread that the officers had beaten a pregnant black woman.
The Watts Riots offer lessons for today’s Civil Rights street protests against the police murder of black people—and it’s not just that sometimes you have to take it to the streets. Make no mistake: You do—but there are other things that we must also do to make sure that today’s protests have a better outcome than the Watts ones did.
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