“Yesterday’s panel, attended by at least a hundred students, called together four professors to provide greater context to what happened in Pittsburgh. Perspectives were provided by Pam Brooks, of African-American Studies; Harry Hirsch, of Politics; Timothy Hall, of Philosophy; and Ronald Kahn, also from the Politics department.
Professor Pam Brooks started off the discussion with some discussion of the history of suppression and rebellion in this country. She pointed out that the G20 protests, like others throughout history, were about economics, but also about the humanity of the working classes. She also read from famous liberation texts, including this powerful quote from black abolitionist Frederick Douglass: ‘Find out what people will quietly submit to, and you have found the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.’ “
- Sam Jewler