We saw this again in the actions of some following the jury announcing they had arrived at an innocent verdict in the Zimmerman trial. Some of the so called leaders of the Black community (Sharpton and Jackson) quickly realized they could financially profit from this situation and some of their constituents could once again get the latest television and computers for themselves, so they called for protests and demonstrations. The press also called these activities by those names.
Here are the definitions of three different terms; demonstration, protest and riot. You decide which is appropriate in this situation and so many others from the left in the last many years.
A demonstration or street protest is action by a mass group or collection of groups of people in favor of a political or other cause; it normally consists of walking in a mass march formation and either beginning with or meeting at a designated endpoint, or rally, to hear speakers
A protest is an expression of objection, by words or by actions, to particular events, policies or situations. Protests can take many different forms, from individual statements to mass demonstrations. Protesters may organize a protest as a way of publicly making their opinions heard in an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy, or they may undertake direct action in an attempt to directly enact desired changes themselves. Where protests are part of a systematic and peaceful campaign to achieve a particular objective, and involve the use of pressure as well as persuasion, they go beyond mere protest and may be better described as cases of civil resistance or nonviolent resistance.
A riot is a form of civil disorder characterized often by what is thought of as disorganized groups lashing out in a sudden and intense rash of violence against authority, property or people. While individuals may attempt to lead or control a riot, riots are thought to be typically chaotic and exhibit herd behavior, and usually generated by civil unrest.
A rose by any other name is still a rose. A riot by any other name is still a riot.