‘Tis the training of the children, every Negro to suppress,
They their spleen may vent upon him and he happy, none the less,
They will boast aloud in anger if by Negroes they are crossed,
‘If we shoot or kill a Negro, not a cent will be the cost.’
– Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer
That was the very first thing I saw when I turned on my computer this morning. A friend, an African who has gone back home, posted that on Facebook. Of course, scrolling down the very next post was by someone else, on this side of the world, with equally harsh words for me and my fellow countrymen.
This is not a particularly good time to have my accent. My two friends on this Blog are both excited to write this article. I’m not. While we all three hold a veto, I didn’t object to the subject because they need to say what they are going to say and you will want to hear it, for the ten-thousandth time.
I’ve mentioned before, almost no Americans live here and so when someone ask where I’m from it takes them about thirty seconds to work up the courage to ask what I think of Trump. I think they expect me to defend him. Yes, I live in what my Dear Leader refers to as a shit-hole country.
So now Iran & China claim the moral high ground. Both governments crowing they treat their citizens better.
‘If we shoot or kill a Negro, not a cent will be the cost.’ wtf … May I please crawl under a rock now?
You reap what you sow…..
Are these normal demonstrations, or is this carnage that is happening just pure vandalism and destruction for reasons far beyond murder of innocents?
Demonstrating against Police homicide, and against institutionalised racism is not only worthy, it is absolutely essential.
But we have here an America that has never been under the cosh so much in most people’s lifetime. Massive unemployment, a pandemic not under control, and a country led by a narcissistic piece of sub-human flesh and blood that thinks it’s still better to divide, and set his own army against his own people instead of showing even a modicum of empathy, was the touch paper needed for what the world is seeing now. But let’s not judge too quickly.
From a British perspective, we have had our serious riots as well. The infamous 2011 England riots started in Tottenham, in north-east London, and showed similarities to today’s American debacle, following the death of Mark Duggan, a local man who was shot dead by police on 4 August of that year.
That, unlike what happens in America, was a very, very rare event. Despite that, in five consecutive days following the shooting, thousands of people rioted in cities and towns across England, which saw looting, arson, and mass deployment of police, and resulted in the deaths of five people.
It appeared, in retrospect, that rioters’ behaviour included social factors such as racial tension, class tension, economic decline, and unemployment that decline had brought. Also, there was the scandal of British politician’s expenses, the even more scandalous bankers’ bonuses, and a phone hacking scandal of unbelievable proportions, all setting dreadfully poor examples to the population. Some of them took it out on the country, even though the police were never charged with any wrong doing whatsoever. But what a great excuse to rape and pillage. It seems you reap what you sow. America does it beautifully, maybe better than the U.K.
Ok, we haven’t had anything of similar magnitude since then in Britain, but I think that all of us should pay heed to John Lewis, who was almost killed by Alabama troopers while peacefully protesting on the Edmund Pettus Bridge some 55 years ago. Just this week, he again reminded us all of what is needed to triumph over injustice. “I know your pain,” he said, “your rage, your sense of despair and hopelessness. Justice has, indeed, been denied for far too long. Rioting, looting, and burning is not the way. Organize. Demonstrate. Sit-in. Stand-up. Vote. Be constructive, not destructive.”
What great words, but, oh so sadly, what hopeless aspirations in the current climate.
Recently we’ve been witnessing rioting and looting in many parts of the United States. I recall the infamous 1992 LA riots based on a very close reason; the police’s hard encounter of Rodney King, a junk who lived a junky life and finally died because of such lifestyle in 2010. Back then, at least, he wasn’t murdered. Though we know he was provoking the police, it is not a justification of their actions. Still he wasn’t a Good Samaritan, he wasn’t a good guy, really. I feel no sympathy for his behavior.
Now to George Floyd, a victim of a crazy, incompetent Minneapolis cop.
First, what that cop did was absolutely wrong and intolerable. He will now face legal consequences. Yes, the police actions deserve to be condemned both by authorities and society. The family of the victim should get compensation if such a loss could be somehow compensated at all. Shit happens. Lessons must be learned. Case closed.
Second, what was just very recently going on in some parts of NYC, including Soho, seems to be very completely out of the case. The aggressive mob, mostly inspired by the extremist leftist ANTIFA movement, just went on destroying property of absolutely innocent citizens.
Where’s the connection here, with the murder of Floyd? Why those innocent people have to suffer for things they didn’t commit and, I’m sure, would condemn??
According to reports from witnesses that I’ve seen personally on Facebook, the mob in NYC was looking for ‘racist’ stores, bursting in and vandalizing those unlucky spots. Some people have been driving up to NYC from other states such as Maine to take part in looting… Very cool.
I understand the tragic case of George Floyd. But I neither understand nor support the actions of the rioters. Those people are not social activists. They don’t fight for human rights. They just destroy human rights of other people – and, don’t forget, their property.
The worst thing is that they cynically try to justify their actions because of their outrage of the Minneapolis crime. Come on, it is not about race or solidarity.
I don’t buy it.
In a normal world it is called crime and mass unrest. Such things should be treated accordingly. End of the story.
Just saw a nice story on FB posted by some guy, Tom Hamilton, a local resident. The story took place in a small place, Kootenai county, Idaho. Armed residents, just ordinary guys, went out on the streets to protect local stores. They put it very simply like this:
Dear America, this is how it is done. When ANTIFA shows up, you do, too. The government cannot and will not protect you. But your neighbors will.
Now I, a foreigner to the US, understand why the 2nd amendment matters. What a great, inspiring story!