This was the first protest that I’ve attended in this COVID 19 era. I saw a post on my Facebook page about a political rally in Mountain View to protest the death of George Floyd on June 6, 2020. I wanted to do something but wasn’t sure what to expect with a protest with the pandemic in mind.
It turned out to be a friendly protest, with parents taking their children to participate. It’s the type of protest that I like: nonviolent, no vandalism, no attacks against the police. I saw a few activists whom I met at previous political rallies and caught up in our lives the past two months. People were outraged, but friendly. They all were wearing masks and, for the most part, were keeping social distance.
I stayed only around 20 minutes, as I had promised my wife that I would fix a drawer for her. But I was glad to attend.
I share most people’s dismay at the protests that had vandalism and violence against the police. I felt really bad for the small business owners that were already struggling due to the pandemic shutdowns.
I watched a recent PBS News Hour segment where a historian compared the effects of nonviolent and violent protests in the 1960s. Nonviolent protests tended to have a liberalizing affect on the counties where the protests took place, with local residents becoming more receptive of Black civil rights. Violent protests tended to have a more backlash effect in the communities where protests took place, with local residents becoming more concerned with law and order issues.