What makes them different and my responses to several possible differences.
1] That was then and this is now. Back then the gov. was oppressing the people. Now we live in a democracy and so oppression is impossible.
. . . Reply: White people don't get to tell minorities that they are not being oppressed when they are being murdered by the cops.
2] The Boston Tea Party (BTP) only destroyed tea, nobody was injured.
. . . Reply: The BLM protests are much bigger so some few people were injured, so what they were 100 to 1000 times bigger. Is looting stores all that different from throwing tea into the ocean? And, how do we know NOBODY was injured in 1774?
3] The BLM protesters have no right to protest.
. . . Reply: the 1st Amendment gives them that right.
4] The BLM protesters should be more peaceful and obey every police order.
. . . Reply: It's is impossible for a protest of over 100,000 people to have no trouble makers, some of whom are working for the gov. to cause reasons for the police to crack heads. Protests (as the BTP showed) to be effective protests MUST cause some problems for the powers that need to change.
5] The BTP protesters were right and the BLM protesters are wrong.
. . . Reply: So you say. About 80% of the American people polled say they are right.
6] The BLM protesters want white people to make changes and this white person doesn't want to change.
. . . Reply: Well I (as in this white person) says, tough Sh*t. America needs alot of changes right now, this is just one of them.
7] The bog difference is the BTP protesters were white and the BLM protesters are Black.
. . . Reply: This is so racist it boggles the mind. Besides, many, if not most, of the BLM protesters are actually not Black.
My alternative to defund the cops is:
"Upfund" the Social workers.
That is, have 1 Social Worker in every cop car to handle the situations where their expert experience is the better way to go. Also, to be a witness of what happens. Have the Fed. Gov. fund this with MMT-allowed Federal so-called deficit spending.