|In case no one understands racism.|
Please understand that I am aware of how difficult this is to read, especially in light of the fact that I have multiple readers from the Minnesota area. And understand as well, that I may not necessarily agree with everything written here, although we are in fact a nation built on rebellion, and violent rebellion.
But I sympathize a great deal, and I honestly think if I hear one more "they are just ruining things for themselves", I might be ill. Admittedly I come from a diverse background and know up close and personally more people of color who are affected by this than I can count. And have children who were the minority in their group and know up close and personal the advantages they had as being blonde haired blue eyed kids. But the fact that this has happened forty times if it has happened once, and the fact that until this morning not a single person was arrested, and so far it is only one, is an example to me that the way we are handling it is simply not enough............and that if something had happened when people were "taking knees", we would not be in this position now.
I am leaving comments open. Respond anyway you want, as long is it doesn't include the words "but, but, but", because that sounds like there is more concern of riots than the murder of a man. Yes, this post is a bit afield of anything I normally write or say. And I understand it may alienate some loyal readers. I did made it clear awhile back that there would be alot of social justice posts, and that alot of readers would disagree.
Urban riots must now be recognized as durable social phenomena. They may be deplored, but they are there and should be understood. Urban riots are a special form of violence. They are not insurrections. The rioters are not seeking to seize territory or to attain control of institutions. They are mainly intended to shock the white community. They are a distorted form of social protest.
The looting which is their principal feature serves many functions. It enables the most enraged and deprived to take hold of consumer goods with the ease the white man does by using his purse. Often rioters do not even want what he takes; he wants the experience of taking. But most of all, alienated from society and knowing that this society cherishes property above people, he is shocking it by abusing property rights.
There are thus elements of emotional catharsis in the violent act. This may explain why most cities in which riots have occurred have not had a repetition, even though the causative conditions remain. It is also noteworthy that the amount of physical harm done to white people other than police is infinitesimal.
profound judgment of today's riots was expressed by Victor Hugo a century ago. He said, 'If a soul is left in the darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.'
The policymakers of the white society have caused the darkness; they create discrimination; they structured slums; and they perpetuate unemployment, ignorance and poverty.
Day-in and day-out he violates welfare laws to deprive the poor of their meager allotments; he flagrantly violates building codes and regulations; his police make a mockery of law; and he violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions for civic services. The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the white society; Black people live in them but do not make them any more than a prisoner makes a prison.
Let us say boldly that if the violations of law by the white man in the slums over the years were calculated and compared with the law-breaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.