Letters to the Editor

‘Protests’ vs. ‘riots’

The following was offered by a spokesman for the “protesters” in Los Angeles after the elections when asked by a reporter, “Why?” His response: “A President Trump doesn’t share our values.”

Define those values. Is destruction of private (or public) property a value that we should endorse? What about the severe beating of a young woman wearing a Trump T-shirt? The burning of American flags? Vandalism? Setting fires to objects, breaking windows, blocking busy city streets (as well as highways and interstates), assaulting police officers, delaying trains …?

It’s interesting how the “drive-by” media defends what they prefer to classify as “protests.” Normally “a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd” is defined as a “riot.” Is it a stretch to call these so-called “protests” what they are: riots?

How do the vast majority of the residents of this country, who do not participate in these activities, respond to obvious media excuses for such behavior? Such descriptions as “largely peaceful” and “nonviolent” should not apply when hundreds of such participants have been arrested (“disturbing the peace”).

If the election results were reversed and just one “protester” was arrested, what would these events be called? You guessed it: “riots.”

While many might suggest to the “protesters” that they “grow up,” surely that would be interpreted as “harsh” and “mean spirited” by a media that obviously condones this behavior.

Daniel Woodring, Howard