June 28th, 2022


'Mostly Peaceful': from 2020's Words of the Year

Jeff Jacoby

By Jeff Jacoby

Published Dec. 29, 2020

'Mostly Peaceful': from 2020's Words of the Year

After George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, a vast wave of racial-justice protests swept the nation. The majority of the protests were nonviolent, but in hundreds of cities there were riots: Shops were smashed and looted, cars and buildings were set on fire, and at least 25 people were killed. The violence caused more than $1 billion in damage and hit minority neighborhoods especially hard.

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Yet many on the left bent over backward to minimize the violence, insisting again and again that the protests were "mostly peaceful." On CNN, video of a government building going up in flames was captioned: "Fiery But Mostly Peaceful Protests After Police Shooting." Most protests were peaceful. But that was no reason to downplay the destruction and mayhem of those that weren't. =