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A cop smashing windows, presumably to try and discredit protestors?
The problem in America IMO is your life isn’t worth anything if you're poor and it’s worth even less if you’re poor and coloured.
I think that's fair. If you're poor and coloured you're unlikely to get justice. You're unlikely to have any political power/influence. You don't have means economically. Hard not to see how one might think that "the system" is rigged against them.
I stated yesterday that the video looked bad but that I wanted to withhold judgment until I read some expert opinions on the case
There's too little of that these days.
This is why we still need the death penalty.
I'm still yet to be convinced that two wrongs make things right.
I know people are angry and they have every right to be, but violence and property damage aren't going to help the cause.
What terrifies me is that I can see some day in the future, a so-called "good guy with a gun" walk into a seemingly similar situation where the detainee complains he is being asphyxiated or otherwise in lethal danger, the police officer does not appear to respond, and the good guy draws his gun against the police offer, arguing (later) defense of other as a motive. If you think relationships between law enforcement and the people they are sworn to protect are bad already, wait until police have to worry about innocent bystanders making snap judgement on their behavior and willing to engage. If that day will come, the four officers in Minnesota and any other officer like them who has either used excessive force or failed to intervene when a colleague did, will have (more) blood on their hands, including possibly a colleague's.
It's not only that, but now that trust in the police has been lost, surely more "interventions" from bystanders can be expected during arrests in the future if they think that they might be stopping someone being murdered. Even ignoring firearms and other weapons, that's got to make the job of regular cops far more tough. And obviously it is unlikely to end well for anyone.
Meanwhile, the moment that black people arm themselves and organise militias to protect their communities, you can be sure that Republican senators will finally find decide that the Second Amendment does have limits.
No, stating reality: it’s inevitable given human nature when people are lied to for too long. Happens in all cultures.
What’s every kid told in school about equal rights under law for all? Outside it may not be the same.
Indeed inevitable. Violence is politics of last resort. When the political system fails and people feel that they have no other avenue to turn to then unfortunately that's going to be the result.
Travon Martin was murdered eight years ago already but the issue of institutionalized racism and law enforcement officers acting with impunity is obviously something that goes back much, much longer. Black Lives Matter is a more recent movement, pushing hard for change, but what has actually been achieved since then to advance the cause? Some police departments getting body cameras, a few getting de-escalation training meanwhile on the streets, people like Philando Castile get murdered and their shooters get off scott free.
And of course numerous hard-right pundits and politicians will tel anyone who will listen that BLM is racist against white people and that all their members advocate violence etc etc rather than actually trying to address the problems. Look at how athletes who took a knee in protest were demonized by the Right because apparently that makes them ungrateful and unpatriotic. How are people of colour supposed to feel about this? It's not really hard to see how they might feel that they don't have other avenues left to turn to.
For an extreme example, I think of the riots in Tibet - the CCP does all they can to crush Tibetans, to de-humanise them, treat them as second class citizens and imports millions of Han Chinese to displace them. And then they're surprised when the have massive riots (2008), terrorist attacks (the one in Kunming train station was particularly awful) and turn the situation into a low key insurgency. Same in Xinjiang.
Violence and rioting certainly isn't the answer but it shouldn't be a surprise.
This is just so counterproductive. Now the Mayor has asked for State Police and the National Guard to come in to get the situation under control. These jerks who take advantage of a protest to riot, cause major damage hurt their communities, jobs for them, access to goods and services
and worst of all, just drive more racist hate toward Black communities making their economic and personal situation worse.
You can bet that the hard right will try and weaponize this to justify brutal tactics. They'll shout far louder about the riots than about the murder. Concern trolling 101.
You shouldn't rush to judgment. In some cases those "felonious" folk may have been part of a well-regulated militia defending themselves against a tyrannical government. I've said this before in similar cases, if the victim in Minneapolis had been able to free one of his hands in minute 6 of the execution, grabbed the officer's weapon and shot him in the forehead, I think For News and the NRA would be perplexed as to how to position the response for POTUS. Hmmm, NRA core tenet for everyone in the nation having 1000 weapons in the basement and 60,000 rounds of armor-piercing ammo or a black man who refused to die quietly in the face of a government employee's tyranny? That shit's a mind bender!
The harder the victim fights to be able to breath, the more that that law enforcement officer feels justified in crushing him further since he's "resisting arrest". What a paradox.
Then a bunch of people riot, burn down businesses, and rob a target, and now THAT is the story. Even worse, everyone has looked at these videos and sees that just about every single one of those people with the exception of the morbidly obese white woman was black.
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It’s hard to make real change when you’re given a platform and you go ahead and do this. This will just fuel people that have stereotypical racist views.
What real change was going to happen but was derailed by the riots?
I agree. Do you think looting multiple businesses, and burning part of the city will help achieve that goal?
Where did anyone here say that they condoned rioting?
A perfect platform was available, where everyone was on the same page.
A perfect platform was available with Philando Castile. That was four years ago. How long should people be waiting on this perfect platform? Why would anyone believe that this time would be different?
Conflating things only reinforces lack of nuance when discussing serious issues that require a lot of it.
One person burning something makes another person feel justified in not helping/supporting thousands of others who aren't burning things.
500 National Guard soldiers were supposedly deployed to escort firefighters who cannot reach fires on their own without being the target of multiple projectiles. Which, to be clear, is totally unacceptable no matter what the circumstances are that led us to where we are tonight.