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A large group of demonstrators took to the streets in Oakland over the weekend to protest alleged systemic racism in part by chanting “Death to America,” which drew a heavy negative response.
Several videos of the protests were posted online to social media, and a number of people expressed their disagreement — not with the act of protesting, but with the message.
“The left has created a monster that they have lost complete control of,” Jason Howerton wrote. “I never thought I’d see people chanting “death to America” in the streets of America.”
The left has created a monster that they have lost complete control of…
I never thought I'd see people chanting "death to America" in the streets of America.pic.twitter.com/YUDdb1unzb
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) August 31, 2020
Another Twitter user compared the march and the ‘death to America’ message to one you are more likely to hear on the streets of Tehran, Iran.
“Iran agrees with you. Go move there,” the Comical Conservative wrote.
Iran agrees with you. Go move there.
— The Comical Conservative (@joke_is_you) August 31, 2020
“I’m fine importing Iran’s excellent cuisine and culture but maybe not their political slogans,” another user said.
“There are many proud, patriotic Americans on the Left, and I don’t see value in holding them responsible for sentiments they don’t condone. But it remains true that virtually every flag burning, America-denouncing protest is either of the Left, or otherwise defended by it,” another user pointed out.
There are many proud, patriotic Americans on the Left, and I don’t see value in holding them responsible for sentiments they don’t condone.
But it remains true that virtually every flag burning, America-denouncing protest is either of the Left, or otherwise defended by it.
— 🦖 prag was otherwise peaceful ㋬ (@pragmatometer) August 31, 2020
Other users jumped in as well, with some noting that the very nature of the message is violent.
That’s exactly how the Tea Party felt during the Obama years, but they never chanted “Death to America”.
— Chris McKeever (@TheRealMcKeever) August 31, 2020
And yet the media and @JoeBiden would try to gaslight you into thinking these are Trump supporters.
— 𝐃𝐚𝐧 𝐆𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐫 (@dgoldwas) August 31, 2020
Has anyone on that side ever explained what their future dream country looks like? Is their model the soviet union?
— AJ Antler 🇺🇸 (@AjAntler) August 31, 2020
One user made his point in opposition by quoting conservative academic and author Thomas Sowell.
“Our children and grandchildren may yet curse the day we began hyping race and ethnicity. There are countries where that has led to slaughters in the streets but you cannot name a country where it has led to greater harmony,” Sowell once noted online.
Our children and grandchildren may yet curse the day we began hyping race and ethnicity. There are countries where that has led to slaughters in the streets but you cannot name a country where it has led to greater harmony.
— Thomas Sowell (@ThomasSowell) July 7, 2019
Protests have continued throughout the country since the death of George Floyd in May.
But over the weeks and months that followed, protests turned to looting and rioting, especially in cities like Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, and St. Louis.
Some two dozen people have been killed during the protests, which have caused untold billions in damages around the country.
In recent days, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, finally acknowledged the riots and called for them to end, blaming the damage and deaths not on the rioters themselves but on the man who has been calling for “law and order” all summer: President Donald Trump.
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