Racism: Why Riots Are Counterproductive

Racism: Why Riots Are Counterproductive

(DailyHorn.com) – When something so heinous as the killing of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis Police officers is captured on video and is viewed by hundreds of millions of people the black community feels a justified and righteous outrage. Protesters by the thousands take to the streets to exercise their First Amendment right to “peaceably assemble” and denounce the system that produced a policeman like Derek Chauvin.

The problem arises when groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) who, at their core, could really care less about the victims and whose true intentions are throwing this country into anarchy and tearing down the freedoms that make the United States the best form of government that has ever been seen in the world with their propaganda.

When Protests Become Riots

Public officials are legally bound to allow protests to occur but they also have a duty to keep them contained and to protect the rights of other citizens as well. With emotions running so hot with a line of protesters faced off against a wall of riot police in full gear, an analogy might be a cement truck filled with explosives that needs just the tiniest spark to blow it up. And that spark is exactly what these outside agitators provide.

First, there are the bottles and rocks being thrown at the officers. Next, a few well-placed rabble-rousers will close into the line of Plexiglas shields across the street hurling insults and perhaps even a brick into them. Naturally, the men and women in blue are now concerned about their personal safety and the pot goes from a simmer to a slow boil.

If one closes their eyes, they can probably call to mind at least one scene of alignment of people in body armor using their batons upon their shield to keep the cadence and slowly walked towards the demonstrators. It’s usually at this point that the lit fuse hits the truck filled with TNT and chaos ensues. Vehicles start to burn, storefronts are broken into, teargas floods the street, and every television station immediately cuts in with the live feeds.

The Pushback

Back in 2015, Janet Lynch, who was Attorney General under former President Barack Obama spoke out against these melees when rioting had gripped the city of Baltimore. She noted that “[t]hey are also counterproductive to the ultimate goal here, which is developing a respectful conversation… about the way our law enforcement officers interact with the residents…” Obama himself said there was “no excuse” for these acts.

There is a myriad of reasons that this kind of violence may become a negative overall. One of those is that the damage to, and the theft from businesses in the area hurt local citizens who are innocent bystanders and not “The System.” Threatening the livelihood of a person is certainly not the way to win their support.

Although it may be an intent of these far-Left groups to incite a reaction from the opposite end of the political spectrum, like the neo-Nazis or the KKK, it truly isn’t helpful in the battle against the true enemy — racism. All this truly accomplishes is creating animosity between the general populace of the two races.

Suddenly, any Caucasian that speaks a single word that can be construed as a criticism is labeled a white supremacist. Conversely, all Black people may end up being portrayed as either violent thugs or lazy “N-words.” Again, this is in no way conducive to healing the gaping wound that is race relations in America in the 21st Century.

The Moral of the Story

It would be hard for any reasonable person to dispute the fact that a disparity between Blacks and Whites has existed since the founding of the country and that the movement towards equalization has been at a snail’s pace. However, it behooves everyone to remember that violence begets violence, and history has shown that the outcome of that could be worse for everyone. Vladimir Lenin overthrew the Bolsheviks only to give the world the USSR, and Chairman Mao Zedong and his movement gave us the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the current oppressive regime of communist China.

Instigators need to be careful what they wish for.

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