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What You Need To Know About Protesting In Times Of Civil Unrest

Multiple deputy sheriffs, as well as Sheriff Javier Salazar, joined protestors in their march around the county courthouse.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

In 2020, Americans have turned out to protest both coronavirus shutdown orders and police brutality. 

Recent protests in honor of George Floyd have drawn ire from some who oppose the destruction of property, calling participants “un-American," but the performance of protest and rebellion is historically patriotic

What is America’s history with collective uprisings against racial injustice? Is there a difference in how white protestors are treated versus protestors of color? How have rebellions influenced real change?


How have national and local governments and law enforcement bodies responded to these demonstrations? What legal rights do protestors have if they are arrested?


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*This interview was recorded on Monday, June 8.

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