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Rebellions Work

At the time of the [Yes!/Colorlines Black Lives Matter] publication, there have been close to 70 days of ongoing national and global protests against police killings and anti-Black racism since the police killing of George Floyd on May 25.

Yet, even with protesters in the streets daily, police killings of unarmed Black people have continued.

Some folks have asked, “What does protest ever get us?” Many have said, “Rioting never solves anything.” And still, others have declared, “Marching and protesting are outdated and don’t work if they ever did.”

But they do.

Protest as an act of resistance to oppression is a staple of American culture, the very founding of the United States is connected to protest, which exists in myriad demonstrations.

Here are the receipts.

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