The Boxers deserve a bad reputation. For example from 1897 to 1898 the farmers and villagers in Shandong claim the drought and famine was because of the foreigners and the missionaries. The Boxers destroyed public property, like railroads that were build, also churches were destroyed by the Boxers. They deserve a bad reputation because they are destroying public property, public properties are public not theres, also destroying does nots solve the problem. Also drought and famine can not be controlled by the missionaries and foreigners, so it is actually not their fault, is the weather it self changing.