I have a major problem with what’s going on around the country, and I think I have to point a finger at the media for taking part. I’m talking about the nightly riots going on in major cities over the death of George Floyd, the black man that was killed by police in Minneapolis last week.
First of all, let’s get one thing straight. There isn’t a responsible person in the country that hasn’t condemned the action. Anybody that has seen the video knows that the cop that kept his knee on Floyd’s throat long enough to asphyxiate him was totally in the wrong. So were the cops that stood by and did nothing as Floyd told the officer he couldn’t breathe. So, let’s all understand, this isn’t a societal race thing. ALL of America was appalled, and was condemning this cop’s actions.
But almost importantly is the riots the followed. Can anybody tell me that when a black man or woman is murdered there are riots everywhere. There is looting, burning of cars, of businesses, of houses, there is this mentality that they are going to destroy stuff. Now, you don’t see that happen when a black person kills a white person. When that happens, you don’t see people running into the street setting stuff on fire and looting! So, why is it that when it happens to a black person, they want to enrich their lives with a new 70 inch flat screen TV that they’ve just boosted from a local business. Why is it that they want to set someone’s car on fire. Someone that probably feels exactly the same way they do?
And what’s going to happen to these people when they get arrested? They’re going to get put in jail for the night, charged with violating a curfew or reckless endangerment of some sort, and they’re going to pay a fine and released. What would happen if someone came to your house and set it on fire. Or they decided to burn your car? Would they get a slap on the wrist? I doubt it.
And, let’s put the shoe on the other foot. What would happen if you happened to be driving through a black neighborhood and your car was stolen. Do you think that people would go to that neighborhood and loot and burn? Of course not! So, why in the world is there this need to destroy?
I know the answer. The answer is, it’s been a long-standing use of white oppression against blacks. They’re still reliving the slavery thing. And folks, that was 160 years ago. I understand there has been racism in this country and probably still is to some degree. But burning and looting isn’t going to solve it. You can’t legislate racism away, and you certainly can loot it away either. If anything you enflame it. Nothing positive comes from what’s happening at night. And it’s beginning to outweigh the actual crime that caused all of this in the first place. In fact, there have been more deaths of blacks in the riots that followed Floyd’s death than Floyd’s death.
I read an op-ed the other day that was written by a black person who said, “This is how we deal with injustice.” I think there has to be some changes to mentality on both sides of the coin. Yes, racism may still exist in some people, and that’s certainly got to change. But trying to get white’s attention by burning down a black neighborhood is just stupid. It’s not even close to being an acceptable way to deal with injustice, and yes, there was injustice in Floyd’s death. But to ruin peoples’ lives that had nothing to do with it is just ignorant and stupid. And it’s not going to accomplish anything. If anything, it’s going to make the racist people MORE racist, which incites MORE violence and riots, and it becomes a vicious circle.
So, how do we deal with the riots? I have no idea. I know it’s not accomplishing anything that wasn’t accomplished by that video. If anything, it’s turning more and more people against blacks in this country and that’s the farthest thing from what we need to have happen!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!