The Boston Tea Party was a riot against King George III of England. Who is the hero and who is the villain largely depends on who is telling the story.

I watched in horror as the news unfolded regarding the protest in Salt Lake City which became violent. Windows smashed, cars burning, officers injured and a situation dangerous enough to necessitate the call for the National Guard. Those who instigate violence must be held accountable to the law. However, we must take care to ensure that violence does not win.

I saw angry rebels yelling vulgarities at the police. Others saw heroes. Who is “correct” depends on who is telling the story. As a community we need to reflect on how we have behaved like King George III of England.

Those who desired a peaceful protest were using their First Amendment rights to decry the death of George Floyd. This protest must be listened to and addressed if we are to prevent future violence from both sides. Our task is to heed to the quiet voice of peace.

Christine Heath

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