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comment by UluoNajk
UluoNajk  ·  3300 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why I Disagree With The Removal of The Confederate Flag From A Federal Building

So the entire argument is that adding, altering, or removing something from private property without permission is violence? I don't really see how. Since "the argument could be easily made that indirectly it can and does cause harm", I'd love to hear that argument.

dreamclassier  ·  3300 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My argument is "defacing property is an act of violence."

"Defacing" by definition is alteration without permission, whether by act of adding of removing some feature.

user-inactivated  ·  3300 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Definition of Violent

Knocking someone out is violent. Stabbing someone is violent. Setting off a bomb in a crowded area is horrifically violent. Defacing property is petty and disrespectful, but it is not, by any definition of the word, violent.

dreamclassier  ·  3300 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    violent: using or involving the use of physical force to cause harm or damage to someone or something

via Merriam-Webster Online

Petty violence perhaps, but yes, defacing property is an act of violence.