By Duncan Smith
As protests over the death of George Floyd turned into riots replete with looting, burning, and assaults for a third night, the Democrat Party of Fairfax County, Va. — neighboring Washington, D.C. — tweeted out that such violence is just about as American as apple pie.
“When President Obama included the Stonewall Riots in his 2nd inaugural, he didn't make that decision lightly. Riots are an integral part of this country's march towards progress,” said the tweet from Fairfax Democrats.
It has since been deleted, Breitbart News reported, adding:
The tweet referred to a passage in President Barack Obama's inaugural address in which he said: 'We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that all of us are created equal –- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.'
The Stonewall Riots occurred in New York City in 1969 and are considered a crucial event in the emergence of the gay rights movement.
That said, The Wall Street Journal noted last year that the riots overshadowed a decade-long non-violent gay rights movement, which laid the groundwork for what came next:
Stonewall has long been credited as the event that sparked the modern gay rights movement. But while the riots that ensued over three days and nights in late June 1969 were undoubtedly transformative, they weren't the first time that gay people had resisted persecution. Stonewall was preceded by well over a decade of gay civil rights activism, much of it led by a man named Frank Kameny. The rhetoric and strategies that he employed were less confrontational than those adopted by the people at Stonewall, but they set the intellectual template for the gay movement's eventual success.
Fairfax County has shifted from red to purple to blue in recent years, thanks in large part to an influx of federal employees who mostly vote for big government Democrats
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