Time for Protests to Stop

The Left’s constant resort to street protests ignores half a century of racial progress.

Last week, as yet another divisive national controversy regarding police shootings and crime unfolded, President Obama weighed in with a strange endorsement of the tactics used by the Black Lives Matter movement. Street protests, he said in a statement on Thursday, are not only understandable and legitimate—but appropriate. During a trip to Warsaw, Poland, the president said: “I would just ask those who question the sincerity or legitimacy of protests and vigils and expressions of outrage who somehow label those expressions of outrage as quote/unquote political correctness—I just ask folks to step back and think: what if this happened to someone in your family? How would you feel? To be concerned about these issues is not political correctness; it’s just being American and wanting to live up to our best and highest ideals.” The president is wrong to conflate street protests with our highest American ideals. The right of free assembly is found in the Bill of Rights and deserves unceasing protection, but ongoing street protests aren’t what we need right now. It’s time for street protests—whether that of Black Lives Matter or the offshoots of the Occupy movement—to stop.

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