The death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer was an appalling crime, one worthy of outrage from everyone. The despicable nature of the crime more than justified widespread protest across the United Sates.
Unfortunately the protests turned into the wide scale rioting and destruction because far too many college students and young adults have been brainwashed into believing that violence is an acceptable form of protest. This is something that they are being taught on college campuses. Had they been taught civics and the original meaning of the Constitution they would know that peaceful protesting is the only valid form of protesting. Here is the exact text of the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The right to protest is a combination of the rights of free speech, assemble, and petition. The amendment clearly states that the right to assemble must be done peaceably. Rioting, looting, throwing rocks, and other forms of violence are not peaceable therefore they are not valid forms of protest.
For decades college students, and recently high school students, are being taught that the United States is now, and has always been, an inherently racist nation. They are receiving a highly edited history of this nation with only the worst components of our history blown way out of proportion. That has led to tremendous and unjustified anger, especially in the minority communities.
ANTIFA is a common entity on college campuses whose members are very often recruited and taught on college campuses. They are being taught that the use of violence is an acceptable form of expression especially against people who have different beliefs. Check out this Breitbart article
A new poll has revealed that young and college-educated Americans are more likely to support the recent riots that have taken place in major cities around the nation. 58 percent of respondents with a four-year degree agreed that riots are “fully or partially justified,” including such acts as burning a police station down.
Progressive indoctrination has also misled whole generations into believing that capitalism is an unjust system that exploits everyone especially minorities. That has led to the belief that looting is an acceptable remedy for this injustice.
Restoring our educational system is the best way prevents these riots from happening again. We must teach again concepts such as liberty, and the original understanding of the Constitution, and the true virtues of capitalism.