Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Why I Cannot Support Protests That Block Major Thoroughfares

On July 10, 2016 a Black Lives Matter protest rally blocked the I-40 corridor bridge in Arkansas' Crittenden County. It was, for the most part, a peaceful gathering. However, it was also a life-threatening event for one small infant. The child's parents saw their child was in physical distress. Due to the blockage of traffic by the protestors the parents were unable to move in any direction to get their child the medical attention he needed. They immediately called 911. The ambulance arrived in record time but could not reach the child for 30-minutes due to the protest. They were finally able to attend to the needs of the child and get him transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital where he remains in stable condition. We are all very thankful for the positive ending to this story, however, it could have turned out much differently.

This highlighted event is the one major reason I cannot and will not support using our constitutional right to protest by blocking major roadways and thoroughfares. There are better ways to get a message across without endangering the lives of others, especially the very young or helpless. It kind of defeats the purpose of the protest in the long run - unless the of real goal of those organizing these events is to simply cause chaos and disruption of normal life-saving first responders to reach those in need of them. Then those involved with said movement are no longer a protester but have made themselves a criminal - sort of like the person who exercises their freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution by yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater when there is no fire. Just as that is a criminal act so blocking major roads to vent your anger and make your point should be deemed just as criminal, especially if an innocent dies or suffers unduly as a result .

1 comment:

susan jones said...

We have the right to peaceful protest. Blocking roads is NOT peaceful and should never be allowed. Anyone doing so should be immediately arrested.