Protests and Riots in History That Led to Systemic Changes in America

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Protests and riots erupted in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly eight minutes. Recently, both peaceful and violent demonstrations have occurred in many American cities, where some properties have even been destroyed.

As the nation watches the chaos unfold, some people have expressed confusion about the protests or don’t believe the events can actually make a difference. However, protests have served as a traditional way for Americans to stand up to abuse, hate and inequality and to achieve change. The U.S. has an intense history of carrying out pivotal protests, with some demonstrations leading to violence or destroyed property. Here are some key protests and riots in history that led to systemic changes in America.