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Why is it considered racist to say "White Lives Matter"?

The best statement I've seen of the argument for saying "Black Lives Matter" is in a letter to The Columbus Dispatch from Stanley D. Krider, posted July 25, 2020: I say “Black Lives Matter” ...
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Why is it considered racist to say "White Lives Matter"?

Compare for example how you'd feel if people campaigning that ‘The Homeless need shelter’ were met with the counterclaim that ‘Home-owners need shelter’. While that second claim isn't false in itself, ...
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Is President Trump right that there was violence on "both sides" in Charlottesville?

Bottom Line Up Front Yes, there was violence perpetrated by both AntiFa and the White Supremacists. Ben Shapiro's show the day after properly highlights the violence on each side (specific parts ...
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Why does the Black Lives Matter movement organize protests while the incident they're protesting is still under investigation?

The Black Lives Matter campaign is predicated on the position that people of color are met disproportionately with death or other mistreatment at the hands of law enforcement, and that this phenomena ...
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Why is it considered racist to say "White Lives Matter"?

"White lives matter" is considered white supremacist because it was created and is promoted by white supremacists in direct opposition to black lives matter. It is meant as a contradiction ...
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Why haven't the British protested Brexit as ardently as the Hong Kong protesters?

Brexit is more popular among Britons than what is happening in Hong Kong is among Hong Kong residents There was a vote for Brexit where a majority of voters voted for Brexit, but there was absolutely ...
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Why is there a broad pattern of excessive force by police towards protestors in spite of international focus on this use of force?

One data point seems to be the 75 year old who was seriously injured when he was knocked backwards by police. When the policemen who did this were suspended the entire squad resigned from the ...
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Why are people protesting against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

There are a number of reasons why people oppose Barrett, among them: Her stances on political issues: There is a fear that the bodily autonomy of women is under attack (see her stance on Roe v. Wade),...
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Are gangsters hired to attack people at a train station classified as a terrorist attack?

There is no single definition of terrorism that everyone agrees to. However, Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate [... the] law; Appear to be intended (i) to ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

A bit of background is necessary. Recently India passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It allows only non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to get citizenship ...
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Why are some against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee?

Lee was romanticized following the South's bitter defeat The American Civil War was horrible. Tons of people died (about 3% of the population), and the South was wrecked. Following the Confederacy's ...
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What is the meaning of $1.05 as seen at March For Our Lives?

As Vox explains it is directed at Senator Rubio, who has opposed the March and their movement, representing the value they believe he has placed on their lives by dividing the number of dollars he has ...
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Can the so-called "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" in Seattle be treated as an insurrection against the Federal Government?

I'm a local, I've been in the zone the last couple days. I'm not qualified to give a legal or historical answer, but I want to make a few points about the nature of the zone, that hopefully can inform ...
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What reasons are offered by those who both endorsed social distancing and then endorsed the BLM mass protests?

The key difference is that as our understanding of COVID-19 has improved, two facts have become clear about its infectivity which reduce the danger of spread during large outdoor protests like the ...
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Why is it considered racist to say "White Lives Matter"?

Context is important, and the context of these two claims makes a significant difference. When people say 'Black Lives Matter', the context is a well-documented perception of systematic biases against ...
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Why are some against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee?

There's two general arguments that I've seen tossed around defending the Lee/Confederate statues (at least those not mentioned while chanting with a literal torch in hand) They're historical ...
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How does one buy a burnable American flag in Tehran?

It's kinda funny that after seeing your post, I searched a lot and I finally found the source of those US flags in Iran. Guess what? They are completely produced in Iran just for the purpose of ...
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Why is there a broad pattern of excessive force by police towards protestors in spite of international focus on this use of force?

Did you ever watch the TV show "Cops?" I watched a lot of it. My take-away was that even in non-high-stress situations, cops have little tolerance for anything from "perps," except "yes, officer," "no,...
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What reasons are offered by those who both endorsed social distancing and then endorsed the BLM mass protests?

I don't know of any politician or institutions that has made an explicit justification, and I'm not certain any have seen a need to. One would only need to offer an explicit justification if one were ...
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Why are there so many pro-Palestinian protestors in the United States?

[edit] Pro-Palestinian support has increased everywhere in the world, not only in the US. There might be many factors at play, some country-specific and some not. Among these, a few general long-term ...
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Why would Climate activists disrupt public transport?

The stated intention on their website is to bring economic disruption to the capital as part of the ongoing campaign to convince the Government to take meaningful action on the Climate and ...
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Can the so-called "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" in Seattle be treated as an insurrection against the Federal Government?

In strictly rational terms, it would be difficult to call this an act of insurrection. There has been no armed conflict, no declarations of independence or sovereignty, no expressed intention of ...
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Is this expression displayed by protestors antisemitic?

It's a taunt, based on the chant "Jews will not replace us" famous for being used by far right groups at Charlottesville. The intent is almost certainly to incite a reaction, not to make an ...
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What do woke and cancel groups call themselves?

Progressive groups The "woke" ideology is, in essence, being conscious of various prevailing discriminations, and actively working to reform the system against such. They would like to call ...
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Why are people protesting against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

There are several major reasons why various people would oppose her nomination. I'm afraid that no quantitative survey data available, but off the top of the recent news: The procedure. Republicans ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Note that those free services have some way for the company to make money. This can be by way of advertising or gathering data which they can sell or otherwise use to make money (for example provide ...
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Why is there a broad pattern of excessive force by police towards protestors in spite of international focus on this use of force?

The answer to this question is more a matter of psychology than policy. There are a few psychological factors to keep in mind: Police officers (and protesters as well) are enmeshed in a tense ...
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What is the meaning of $1.05 as seen at March For Our Lives?

The printable PDF on marchforourlives.com explains the meaning behind this symbol: There are 3,140,167* students enrolled in Florida. Marco Rubio has received $3,303,355** from the NRA. That comes ...
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Is there a coup going on in Bolivia?

Possibly. There is no internationally accepted definition of a coup. It is a coup if the legitimate government is overthrown by force. It is not a coup if the government finds it politically ...
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Can the so-called "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" in Seattle be treated as an insurrection against the Federal Government?

It is the President who gets to decide. 10 U.S. Code §252 "Use of militia and armed forces to enforce Federal authority" says: Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, ...
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