Letter to the editor
Published 5:00 a.m. ET June 12, 2020 | Updated 7:05 a.m. ET June 12, 2020
Stephania Ergemlidze and her friends brought a basketball hoop to downtown Philadelphia during anti-racism protests in effort to ease tensions.
Historically, social change in western civilization has not been slow and steady, but alternating periods of stagnation punctuated by sudden, radical change brought on by an external catalyst. We call this revolution; from America, France, and Haiti in the 18th century to the Arab Spring in the 21st, we view these revolutions among our greatest achievements as a human race. They represent the triumph of freedom, equality, and human dignity over oppression and subjugation.
Another revolution is underway in the United States today. Now, as before, there are those who fear this revolutionary change and cling to the comfort of the status quo. They disguise this fear with calls for moderation — that there are “many sides” to these issues, and that they all matter.
During the American Revolution, loyalists to the crown were described as “persons inimical to the liberties of America” by a group of colonists in 1775. At the time, a full year before the Declaration of Independence was written, it may have seemed to many colonists that there were two legitimate sides to the issue, each with their own valid points. The perspective of time tells us otherwise. Today, just as in the past, those persons inimical to the liberties of America will find themselves on the wrong side of revolution.
Professor of History, Monmouth University
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