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06-06-2017, 08:56 AM
Why Do People Riot?
When a protest turns into a riot, why do peaceful people join in on the violence and destruction? This SciShow video talks a bit about group identity, which I found a bit interesting.





What are your thoughts? A follow-up question- is it ever warranted to riot?

I think it's almost never warranted- if ever at all. But I understand why it happens. I'm generally not a supporter of violence and destruction. However, protesting is critically important in a society where injustice exists.
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06-06-2017, 09:03 AM
RE: Why Do People Riot?
No time to watch just yet - but my thinking is that there is safety in numbers, plus there is group-think. Group think is super dangerous IMO, but it also has harmless applications such as concerts...

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06-06-2017, 09:03 AM
RE: Why Do People Riot?
I don't think it's ever warranted really. We had the London riots a few years ago, which were legit insane at the time. I'm personally not sure why you would ever riot, without something like the government turning on it's people or something huge like that.

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06-06-2017, 09:10 AM
RE: Why Do People Riot?
(06-06-2017 08:56 AM)Emma Wrote:  I'm generally not a supporter of violence and destruction. However, protesting is critically important in a society where injustice exists.

No one listens when there's no violence and destruction. Everyone just says "Oh that's very terrible, those poor people" and ignores them. And then when there *is* violence and destruction, usually after a long period where people try to be heard in less confrontational ways they say "Oh those disgusting people! How dare they! We won't address their concerns because they expressed their protest violently." Catch 22.

I really struggle with this. Where I live in South Africa there's a long history of violent protests. I personally abhor it - I would never. But the reasons why... for me once there is a violent protest it shows that people feel *very strongly* about an issue. Which means that whatever the opinions as to whether or not the protestors are right or not, something has to be done about it, and not just cracking down - finding the root causes, helping people address the issues. Otherwise all you do is postpone things until the pot boils over again.

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06-06-2017, 09:16 AM
RE: Why Do People Riot?
In a very general sense, a grievance in which all legitimate channels have been exhausted and is still not addressed, violence is used to upset the conditions that make that grievance persist. In such riots, the rioters have reached a point where their cost-benefit analysis favors violence - they have nothing to lose.

For sports related riots, I think the psychology is a little different. Most of it is just venting and releasing tension, to restore chemical balance and to fit in with your peers.

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06-06-2017, 09:23 AM
RE: Why Do People Riot?
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Every protesting movement that wasn't openly and blatantly revolutionnary always needed two faces. One group, led by a charismatic leader (or leaders) that is well organised, very active and non-violent and another group, led by a charismatic leader (or leaders) that is well organised, not very active and violent. If you have only one group, those who are in power will simply weather the storm, attack the leader reputation and wait for disengagement from the base as time goes by. If you have only of the other one, the said group and leader will be called terrorists, arrested and their cause considered almost criminal. Sadly, if those who are in power were squeemish about peoples feelings and reputation, they wouldn't be power in the first place. Virtue wins heart not conflict.

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06-06-2017, 11:45 AM (This post was last modified: 06-06-2017 12:01 PM by GenesisNemesis.)
RE: Why Do People Riot?
Because they feel as though they're not being listened to, so what's the only other option? Violence. Furthermore when you're in a crowd, it's easy to lose your sense of personal identity.

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12-06-2017, 06:06 AM
RE: Why Do People Riot?
it seems a very interesting video, thanks for sharing
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12-06-2017, 06:13 AM
RE: Why Do People Riot?
Protesting is one thing. Rioting is quite another.

Rioting involves violence toward others and property. Rioting sets loose those who would use the riot to their own purposes, such as setting fires, stealing property, destroying property.

Normal people who wouldn't steal or set fires or hurt others decide to do so to benefit themselves. Something is amiss with a person who decides to steal a flat screen after a store window is broken. Some way they justify this crime, which they would never commit under normal circumstances. Or is it just that they think they won't get caught during this upheaval?

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12-06-2017, 06:15 AM
RE: Why Do People Riot?
They don't think of it as rioting.

They think it's an enthusiastic protest.

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And it's not looting - it's "extreme shopping"...

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