Ten Riots That Challenged Injustice and Changed U.S. History

Authors

  • Mike Isaacson Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research
  • Oriol Vallès Codina Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research
  • Erjola Zotkaj Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3907-0845
  • Ian Howland

Keywords:

Riots, Injustice

Abstract

There has been a lot of discussion on social media denouncing the property destruction and looting that happened after the very public string of murders and shootings of black folks by police in 2020. Most comments have centered on the lack of productivity of riots in obtaining justice. For the most part, the argumentation goes something like, “destroying your own community will do nothing to bring justice or positive change.” Yet if history is any precedent, these arguments are entirely unjustified. The United States has a long history of riots bringing change that no amount of kumbaya hand-holding or “working within the system” was ever able to accomplish.

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Published

2020-09-10

How to Cite

Isaacson, M., Codina, O. V. ., Zotkaj, E. ., & Howland, I. (2020). Ten Riots That Challenged Injustice and Changed U.S. History. The New School Economic Review, 10(1). Retrieved from https://nsereview.org/index.php/NSER/article/view/86

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Letters and Comments