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The political division across the United States has increasingly been documented over the last several years. Issues ranging from police brutality to COVID-19 restrictions have led many to take to the streets in protest. A unique feature of these protests, at least in terms of the last few decades, is that they are not isolated to major cities. In the context of Black Lives Matter, many have noted the increased prevalence of protests among small town residents. While Black Lives Matter was likely a significant catalyst to the demonstrations in these towns, participation amongst residents has focused on a broad set of issues. The protests are not uniform in belief in these areas; to the contrary, counter-protests have become equally prevalent.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution website on February 20, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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