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I see so many people trying to explain/apologize for various forms of violence whether it be breaking windows, starting fires, looting, or throwing shit at cops

coming up with stuff like "oh it's all provocateurs" or "it's white supremacists" or "oh it's mostly white people" and like

I don't get why everyone is scrambling to come up with excuses for why people who've been beaten down for centuries now wouldn't justifiably and understandably snap?

I'm not saying there aren't *any* provocateurs or that there aren't also plenty of white people starting shit but

I don't like this stance of feeling like we need to apologize or shift the "blame" for violence when said violence is not only understandable but justified

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like it all seems to stem from this obsession with making sure the protests are respectable that I think is a fundamentally liberal priority

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idk maybe PoC here feel differently than me about this I just feel like people who violently reacts to the cruel absurdity of american capitalism don't need apologize for anything

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@SeanAloysiusOBrien Exactly which reminds me of a quote.

"The only thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion."

-- Frederick Douglas

@SeanAloysiusOBrien Isn’t some of it simply people’s innate fairy tale sense of trying to establish order or at least sense in the middle of chaos and evil by finding a narrative with named monsters to blame?

If it is just simple monsters, it feels easier to defeat them, find a happy ending.

Even if you know it is systemic issues to eventually deal with, having monsters to scapegoat is a pressure valve isn’t it?

@SeanAloysiusOBrien There’s awful people looking to demonize the protestors themselves, pressuring protestors to be monsters; 3rd and 4th parties and “outsiders”/“professional anarchists” to blame form a pressure release valve. Even if the reality is always going to be a muddled and nuanced ugly middle, it’s probably useful to have a release valve?

(Especially when part of the protests themselves revolve around a sordid history of demonization?)

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