Someone was shot. Looting stores sounds like a logical response… said no civilized person ever.
What’s the best way to demonstrate your concerns that a black 18-year-old was shot by a white cop before a formal investigation has been finalized? Well… duh… you become violent, threaten white people, loot and steal, burn down stores, and run in the streets acting like a rabid animal. Because that will eliminate crime and whatnot.
Just like in the Rodney King days of 1992, I will never understand the mentality of people who seize an opportunity to get free stuff by robbing stores and businesses that had nothing to do with the tragedy they are supposedly protesting. I remember watching the videos during the LA Riots of criminals (I can’t think of any other word for them) pulling innocent people from their cars and beating them with intent to seriously harm and even kill them. Why? They were upset about a man being beaten by the police. Because… that makes sense.
Most civilized human beings who are upset about an injustice will petition for justice, will bring attention to the tragedy to educate others to what has happened, and will hold peaceful demonstrations to get the cause into the public eye. Uncivilized people will inflict pain and suffering on anyone who crosses their path. They will take the tragedy to a new level by figuring out ways to get free stuff by stealing and robbing others. They will beat people who had nothing to do with the tragedy. And, most importantly, they will have an entire country judge them as feral, ultimately changing the focus of finding justice for the ONE person who was harmed.
Check out these “tweets” filling the news feeds this morning:
- “Smh they tearing up their own neighborhood instead of terrorizing the white neighborhoods..loot, burned down and rob them, not your own,” said Madam Nori.
- “N—– in St. Louis need to go to the white people’s area and start looting,” wrote “Groovy.”
- Another anonymous contributor wrote, “I simply wish black folk would riot white neighborhoods.”
- EastSide said, “You tearing down yo own community like what ? At least go mess up the white neighborhoods stuff !!!!!!”
As we know, an 18-year-old black boy was shot and killed by an unnamed white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident is under investigation so the details on what happened are divided. Some witnesses say the boy was gunned down without provoking violence. Other witnesses say the boy provoked violence towards the officer. Once an investigation is complete, we will have a clear understanding and can make a judgement from there. As of today, we don’t know the answers.
Here’s the deal… if you want society to respect you, no matter who you are or what color your skin happens to be, you remain civilized. You fight for justice the legal way. You gain public attention to your cause. When you exploit a tragedy by hurting innocent people, you are no better than the one who caused the injustice to begin with. Actually, you are worse.