Yes, black lives matter. ALL lives matter. However, a riot is not a protest, and looting is not the same thing as a demonstration. To those who intended to actually protest, who intended to engage in peaceful, non-violent demonstrations – bravo. To those who came in masks, intending to loot, riot, burn, and destroy – may you all rot in jail.
I wish the media would make a distinction between the two, but they never do. I likewise wish the legitimate protesters would wise up and kick the rioters/looters OUT of their midst. When will you realize that the rioters/looters are simply using you and your protests as a shield?
When will you wake up to the fact that they do not care what the protest is about, that they only want an excuse to cause damage and destruction? The change you seek will never happen unless you boot the looters/rioters out of your assemblies. And the longer it takes you to kick them to the curb, the more it looks like you approve of their mis-deeds. You do yourselves (and your cause) no favors by allowing them to stay.
The irony is that without police and law enforcement, there would be open warfare between blacks, whites, and probably everybody else. We wouldn’t just ‘all get along’. Sorry anarchists.
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