There is a place for peaceful protest [Letter]

Edwin S. Jordan’s [Sept. 28] letter, “Putting an end to racial animosity in America” begins: “It grieves me to see protests and acts of violence dividing our nation.”

I also grieve over acts of violence. But protests? Does Mr. Jordan wish that the Freedom Riders had stayed home? That Rosa Parks had sat at the back of the bus? That students had not tried to integrate the Woolworth lunch counter? Go look at that counter at the Smithsonian [museum]. It will speak to you.

I don’t know who said, “If we make peaceful protest impossible, we make violent protest inevitable,” but I agree. I support peaceful protest, including that of NFL players. It is not protest we should grieve over; it is racial injustice.

Shirley Hartwell

Columbia

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