Why Polite, Peaceful Protest Doesn’t Work

Stop criticizing and start listening.

Francine Mends, MD
Jun 10, 2020 · 5 min read

In 1773, a group of colonists in Boston threw 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor. This clandestine act was a protest of the British parliament’s decision to lower taxes for the East India Company.

The very low tax rate gave the company a monopoly on the booming tea trade in the colony that would…