I keep hearing about how things have finally started to “calm down” in Charlotte, North Carolina after several days of violence and chaos. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, allow me to recap: A few days ago, a black cop shot and killed an armed black man so lots of black protestors decided to riot in the streets, set stuff on fire and destroy entire parts of their own neighborhoods and town as a way of “protesting” perceived racism against black people by police. Yep, makes perfect sense.
Well, not really, especially considering that right now all the evidence suggests that Keith Lamont Scott was indeed armed with a handgun (which was recovered at the scene) when he exited his vehicle and started coming toward the officers. The police dash cam and body-cam footage is too grainy to prove conclusively that Scott was holding a gun in his hand, but he does appear to be wearing an ankle-holster. Also, as many have pointed out, his movements are consistent with those of someone brandishing a gun and the physical reactions of the officers around him are consistent with that as well. According to several reports, Scott was ordered to drop his weapon twice and refused to do so both times before police decided to use deadly force. Moreover, we’ve now learned that he had an extensive criminal record — including a DUI and assault with a deadly weapon — and that his wife filed for a restraining order last year because he had allegedly hurt their child and threatened her with a weapon.
But, whether the shooting was justified or not, there’s obviously no reason to run around screaming “white cops are devils” (especially since this cop was black) or to ransack local businesses or to ravage an entire city into the ground just to make a point. Sadly, though, we’ve seen this sort of scenario play out time and time again (Ferguson, Baltimore, Dallas…) and we all know how it goes:
Of course, much of the mainstream media and progressive politicians continue to push this notion that we all just need to listen to what these people have to say. They’re angry, we’re told, so we need to find out why and then see what we can do about it. In the immortal words of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, we just “need to give them space to destroy,” and then they’ll feel all better. You know, sort of like when a mom lets her kid throw a temper tantrum in the middle of a crowded restaurant, even though she knows it will annoy the crap out of her fellow diners. I guess the only difference is that the toddler probably won’t set the building on fire as part of his fit.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have repeatedly defended groups like Black Lives Matter as “peaceful protestors,” while the rest of us sit at home watching these folks burn down convenience stores, overturn cars, loot Wal-Mart stores and steal flatscreen TVs and bags of Doritos. In Charlotte, journalists were assaulted; entire roads were barricaded and blocked off; cops were pelted with rocks and glass bottles; businesses were demolished; and some of those “peaceful protestors” even tried to toss an unconscious photographer into a fire. They literally tried to burn a white person alive.
Peaceful? Really? Protestors? No, these are psychotic, violent rioters hellbent on creating as much carnage and collateral damage as possible. They’re not interested in facts or truth. They couldn’t care less about law and order or due process. They honestly don’t even care if the shooting was justified or not. And that’s exactly why they don’t deserve to be recognized or to be heard. It’s why the media should stop interviewing them. Report on the situation, fine. Fly up there and give us live coverage, fine. But, stop putting these people in front of the camera and giving them a platform from which to spew their inane dribble. Their actions and beliefs don’t even remotely come close to meriting that sort of national attention.
See, any sane, rational person (few of which exist anymore, admittedly) knows that resorting to methods like arson, burglary and destruction of property to make a point is sheer lunacy. That’s why we’re sick of hearing about how these protestors “deserve” to be listened to. No. No, they don’t. The moment you pick up a brick, hurl it through a storefront window and scurry inside to grab an armful of merchandise, you immediately forfeit the right to be taken seriously. If your social justice movement can’t get its message across without wreaking havoc and amassing millions of dollars in property damage to the local community then it doesn’t deserve to be heard, much less acknowledged as legitimate.
But, as you well know, we’re living in an entitlement culture where everyone supposedly has a right to everything, including a right to riot in the street like a mindless barbarian. (I’m sure that any injuries these protestors incur will be covered under Obamacare anyway.) It doesn’t matter that these thugs are torching cars, ransacking stores, looting cash registers, attacking white bystanders and endangering innocent lives. We’re all just supposed to sit back, let it happen, and do our best to understand their grievances. Behavior that would be condemned under any other circumstance — criminal behavior, to be clear — is instead overlooked, ignored and even legitimized by our politicians and many in the media. Sure, there will be some arrests and a handful of folks will wind up spending a night or two in jail, but the movement itself, and the message that it promotes, won’t be categorized as “criminal" and “terroristic” — as it should be. In fact, the movement will be praised by many people and within a few days we’ll all have moved on until the next outbreak of violent “protests" makes national news.
Now, I’m sure that I’ll be instantly labeled as racist for referring to these rioters as thugs, criminals and domestic terrorists, but the truth is that anyone — no matter what their skin color — who engages in this sort of behavior should be arrested and hauled off to the local prison. I don’t care who you are or where you’re from: If you act like a criminal, then you deserve to be treated like one. It’s really that simple. If you join a group whose sole purpose is to create mayhem, destruction and chaos across the nation, then you’re not a social justice warrior, an activist or a protestor. You’re just a domestic terrorist. Period. And you should be viewed and treated as such.
Until groups like Black Lives Matters and rioters like those in Charlotte can protest without violently decimating entire communities, there’s absolutely no reason for anyone to take them seriously or to listen to what they have to say. There’s no reason to empathize. There’s no reason to try to understand.
And right now, they’ve given us every reason to simply continue to ignore them.
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