More to the point, I simply cannot believe what gets into people. It’s certainly more than understandable that many are distressed, outraged, angry, etc. over the death of George Floyd in police custody. I am all of that myself and applaud the immediate firing of the police officers involved and the subsequent bringing of charges against the principal offender.
I am not, however, even remotely likely to participate in any mass protest, still less so when a protest morphs into a full-blown riot. Such behavior speaks ill of us as citizens and human beings. Trying as always to be fair, I’m including here a list of random thoughts:
⦁ Why is it that these protests/riots always involve looting? Ditto for burning.
⦁ Why does no one ever take into account the losses sustained by innocent third parties, whose businesses and premises are often severely damaged?
⦁ Why say only, “Black lives matter?” My own preferred slogan is, “Life matters!”
⦁ Why do these mobs seem to give no thought to “social distancing” and facial covering? Do they count their own lives for so little as to ignore the threat of COVID-19?
⦁ Who are these people and where do they come from? It’s been said that relatively few of those involved in the Minneapolis protest/riot are from that city. It’s also been said that there are groups of agitators about the country who flock to places where a peaceful protest can be stirred up into something far worse. For my money, a good sampling of rioters ought to be rounded up and sent to Guantano Bay for questioning.
⦁ Why and how did the peaceful protest held during the day turn into a riot once the sun had set? Could there be some noxious miasma involved?
⦁ Why has it historically been so very difficult, if not impossible, to bring charges (and have them stick) against police for such blatant misconduct? Very few police officers have ever been brought to trial, no matter what they have done. It seems far too easy for cities to let such uncomfortable matters drop with a token payment to the victims’ families. Why does there seem to be no effort put into weeding out the bad ones and enhancing the “community relations” training of the good ones? I should perhaps say here that I’ve known two police officers personally – one an “ordinary” patrol officer and the other a blood spatter specialist – and neither would ever have dreamt of committing any such atrocity.
⦁ Why have most cases of such police misconduct been directed against citizens who simply happen to be black?
⦁ What is wrong with The Only President We’ve Got, who should have known that he’d only be adding fuel to the fire by saying that any attacking the White House would be “greeted with the most vicious dogs and most ominous weapons?” Really? Why not just nuke the mob and get it over with? Seems like the kind of statement one might expect of a cheap bully!
⦁ Could having any sort of release from the “stay-at-home” requirements have played any part in turning peaceful protests into riots?
Although Seattle is generally omitted from the list of cities where such incidents have occurred, what I saw on last night’s TV news made me sick. What had been a peaceful rally during the day mysteriously turned into a full-blown riot, with shop windows smashed, wholesale looting and, not to overlook this, torching of ordinary everyday businesses.
Thank goodness the city where I live is far too small for such nonsense and the nearest city of any size (Bellingham) had only a modest “vigil.” My poor tired old brain can’t cope with more than that.