Peaceful protests are politically viable ways to get your point across; at least they should be.
But when you have people that have been systematically oppressed for so long anger is not completely unjustified.
Looting, arson, vandalism, assault: these are all things that people should be arrested and charged for. I don’t personally condone violence.
But at the same time.The people doing this violence do not speak for all protesters. The protesting itself is not to be completely disregarded because of them.
Let’s take a brief look at the situation through some memes.
We all saw the video. Right?
Horrendous, by any count if you have any humanity at all left in you.
But then….. the city dragged it’s feet. People started to wonder if it was going to get swept under the rug.
This man said
People were rightfully upset.
Peaceful protesting began
Which turned into not so peaceful protesting.
Where is your tax money going?
Why has there never been serious police reform already? Police should not have “qualified immunity”!!
And how are they allowed to police themselves?
We let so many industries do this. It’s fucking ridiculous!!!
Then plus…. in who’s benefit is it to divide the country?
Why can’t we educate and assist minorities and the poor instead of imprison and help in their premature death?
These are all questions I ask myself, that I can’t find good answers to.
They retracted the last statement or rather seems more so redacted to me. There are some very powerful white supremacist lurking in plain sight…believe it or not.
But there is still good happening.
But if anyone genuinely can’t see that there is an issue with the way some (dare I say most, but not all) police forces operate and their “power trips” and lack of humanity, discipline and oversight…..then you’re not paying enough attention!!!
Militarization of the police force against its own people.
I vividly remember meeting a young woman my age about 25 years ago. She was from East LA. She was studying criminal justice.
She wanted to work for the internal review department of the police force. She said growing up there you were more afraid of the police than the gangsters.
She stated that the police had a secret clubhouse where they did all sorts of illegal activities. And it was absolute common knowledge but nothing anyone in the barrio could do about it because there was no one policing the police and no one in charge cared about her community.
She was so passionate and upset by the words that she was speaking. I couldn’t help but believe her.
We’ve seen this kind of police brutality for so long. We’ve had protests before.
As I said I lived through the Rodney King ones myself when I lived in Long Beach.When will the riots end?
Well…..When will police brutality end?
When will actions be put into affect that curtail this from ever happening again?
Until that happens there will continue to build resentment in these communities.
And even though a lot of us are only seeing this on TV…. it is not something we can continue to turn a blind eye to, escape back to our world to and expect it to just go away.
It needs to be addressed.
Real reform needs to happen.
And it needs to happen NOW!!
There ABSOLUTELY ARE plenty of good cops out there, and they deserve the right to be respected for their job!!
And without reform and oversight and getting rid of the bad ones, a complete overhaul where everyone is accountable, then what kind of system do we really have?
What kind of hope do the people in these communities have?
Is no one in charge here that actually cares???