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Why Do People Riot and Loot in the Name of George Floyd?

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See the difference?

Now, I completely understand why people are angry right now. They’re infuriated at the idea of a minority dying at the hands of a person who’s supposed to protect them. And some of these people express their frustrations through destructive riots. The anger is completely understandable. But just because something is understandable doesn’t mean it’s justified.

I really do not see the logic in destroying cars, looting small businesses, and endangering innocent lives in the name of bringing justice for George Floyd.

Obviously the whole Black Lives Matter Movement shouldn’t be judged based on the actions of a few violent rioters. However, I think it’s interesting how BLM isn’t condemning the actions of these people. They’re trying to justify the use of violence for the greater good, without considering the negative consequences it can have on others.

What’s more ironic is that the current events have birthed the movement known as ACAB (All Cops Are Bad). What happened to not generalizing a group of people based on the actions of a few? If we can’t judge all black people based on the actions of a few bad ones, we also shouldn’t judge all cops based on the actions of a few bad cops.

Please. If you want true change, protest peacefully. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr. did. That’s what workedThat’s what WILL work. I’ll end with the words of a very wise man:

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence, you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence, you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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