“peaceful protests in 100 cities across the United States”

According to the Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2013:

Black preachers said on Tuesday they were planning peaceful protests in 100 cities across the United States this weekend to press for federal charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Standing outside the U.S. Justice Department building in Washington, the preachers pledged to hold the protests near federal buildings and said action was justified because of what they see as the civil rights questions surrounding the death.

From a republican point of view, Godspeed to your peaceful protests. One citizen should not be able to shoot and kill another unarmed citizen and not receive some type of punishment. The precedent leaves all political and social space open to domination. Non-domination certainly demands that justice be served for Trayvon Martin. Let the contestation continue until policies and practices of non-domination arise.

From a liberal point of view, the jury said not guilty. We must respect the democratic process. And we also must respect the values of all Americans. The Trayvon Martin shooting was a tragedy. We believe in pluralism and multiculturalism, and there is not place for “hate” in our open society (Brettschneider 2012).

From an authoritarian point of view, whoever strikes first wins. Domination is the name of the game. Kill or be killed.




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