Baltimore: You Weren’t Paying Attention – Part 4
I think it’s important to point out that not every store in these communities have been trashed or looted. This is not just unorganized lawlessness that is happening. Again, one has to ask themselves what is the relationship with the community that business has? if you are there to exploit the community, well, certain members have decided (criminally) that those exploitative practices have been enough.
You can call these people animals, thugs, niggers, or whatever else will satisfy your anger, fear, or frustration but you have to look at yourself in the mirror and ask what you could have done to prevent this? I don’t understand why people seem to be so focused on property rights, but not denial of due process nor equal protection under the law that leaves people beaten or dead?
The targets of a riot do not matter. That would be to impugn a monolithic motive onto an event with many divergent interests and emotions concerning the complex topic (we make it complex when it’s really as simple as recognizing every citizen’s rights) of police brutality. This is crystal clear to those in the community that were ignored by many for many years. No it doesn’t feel good to have feelings of hopelessness and despair. Welcome to what is Baltimore for many daily.
Again this is crystal clear and you just weren’t paying attention. I write this at 10:05 pm post curfew and many are still out in the streets. People have been asking for a solution. The solution of law enforcement not recognizing the civil rights of citizens is for law enforcement to recognize the civil rights of all citizens. Until we all make a pledge to fight for the rights of all citizens, there will be the divide. As long as that divide exists where we ignore or dismiss the rights of some of our citizens, some of our citizens will react as people with absolutely nothing to lose. What’s your downside when you are impoverished, ignored and fed up?