I think there’s an important point to be made here. An important distinction. In the midst of all this pointless chaos, senseless violence, absolute carnage and asinine behavior, there’s a solid truth that every violent protestor in Baltimore will never acknowledge or admit: they are the problem.
You see, it’s really that simple. The problem isn’t police brutality. It’s not racism. It’s not any sort of delusional narrative about poverty, unemployment or education. At the end of the day, the protestors themselves are the problem. They are the source of the violence, the source of destruction and the source of sheer stupidity and criminality. It’s ironic, really. They think they’re exposing some sort of societal and racial injustice, but in doing so, they’ve become the injustice. They’ve gone from protestors to lawless criminals, burning down 15 buildings, torching almost 150 vehicles and injuring over 15 officers, even cutting a fire hose, all in a deranged attempt to send some sort of message about their perception of so-called police misconduct or brutality.
Let me be clear: The minute you transition from peaceful sign-waving to reducing a CVS pharmacy to a pile of ash, you lose all credibility. You no longer have a message. You no longer deserve to be heard. You’re no longer worthy of any consideration or support. As much as I respect the journalists on the ground in Baltimore, I honestly wish they would stop giving airtime to these idiots. Stop putting them on camera. Stop giving them the mic. They don’t deserve a platform from which to spew their nonsensical dribble. I understand the need to be “fair and balanced” and to cover this story from multiple angles. I went to journalism school. I get it. But, enough is enough. Stop indulging these hate-mongering buffoons. Besides, half of their spiels have to be censored for profanity anyway.
I’ve seen a lot of traffic on social media with people praising this whole thing as some sort of “movement” — as if a much-needed cultural revolution has finally started.
Insanity. Utter absurdity.
This is nothing more than chaos, disorder and anarchy. An entire town has been decimated. People’s homes have been reduced to rubble. Businesses have been destroyed, ransacked and looted. And we’re supposed to believe that this is a good thing? Some sort of effective strategy? Give me a break. This is crime and corruption at the highest levels. And it merits condemnation, not support or approval.
We don’t even have every detail about the circumstances surrounding Freddy Gray’s death (only that he suffered a fatal injury during his arrest) and yet these protestors feel justified in destroying an entire town before any real investigation starts or any verdict is pronounced. I said this after the death of Michael Brown and after the death of Eric Garner and I’ll say it again here: If an investigation proves that these officers in Baltimore did indeed act illegally during their arrest of Gray, then put them on trial, make them answer for their actions and sentence them accordingly. But, regardless of the criminal investigation outcome, there’s absolutely no excuse or justification for firebombing cars or stealing bags of Doritos from convenience stores. That’s pathetic, subhuman behavior and it’s a disgusting smear across the reputation of Baltimore — the city that gave us the National Anthem, the first post office system and the first flavored shaved ice snow balls.
Speaking of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, I think it’s important to keep things in context here and to emphasize the one indisputable fact about these three men: they were criminals. They acted illegally. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they deserved to die, but it does mean that they were not innocent men or “gentle giants.” In fact, Freddie Gray has 18 arrests on his record and yet he will undoubtedly be hailed as a martyr who was unfairly targeted and unjustly profiled by racist cops hellbent on murdering innocent black men. This is the narrative that the radical Left and all of the race baiters like Al Sharpton will push because it fits their ideological stance on the issue. It doesn’t matter to them that it’s a stance completely devoid of any reality or unsupported by actual facts and evidence.
Here’s some hard truth for all of you protestors: It’s really difficult to prove that there’s a police war on black men if your only case studies are Garner, Gray and Brown. If anything, these three cases just prove that violent, criminal, thuggish behavior usually leads to confrontation with local law enforcement and those confrontations usually don’t end well if you resist arrest or try to bum-rush the officer.
What a radical notion! Don’t steal stuff or resist arrest and you might not get injured or killed! What a groundbreaking theory! Quick! Someone write that down!
Of course, the protestors and race baiters aren’t willing to look at facts or adhere to anything that even remotely resembles logic and civilized adult behavior. After all, admitting that criminal actions are the root cause of these sort of incidents would negate the racial component, particularly when you consider that white people are killed by cops too, just as often as blacks or maybe even more often. I’d be willing to bet that most of those white people were criminals too. (There I go with radical notions again.)
Or how about the fact that the Baltimore Police Department is nearly 50 percent black, is run by a black commissioner and black deputy commissioner in a town run by a black mayor — a black mayor who, interestingly, said, “While we tried to make sure that they [the citizens] were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”
Um, wait, what? You intentionally gave violent anarchist protestors the space and leeway to set buildings ablaze, shatter storefront windows and hurl bottles and food at cops? Really? What kind of leadership is that?
Of course, in the true spirit of Democratic politicians everywhere, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tried to walk her statement back a few hours later, saying that the media was “twisting her words.” (She must be taking lessons from Obama.) Actually, the media was just reporting on your words, Ms. Blake. That’s sort of what they do. They report on things and they quote people. I’m terribly sorry if that bothers or offends you. Maybe you should choose your words more carefully in the future if you know there are news cameras around. There’s really no way to twist what you said. It seems pretty clear to me.
What remains unclear is whether or not she or someone else in the Washington world ordered the police officers to not interfere with, apprehend or stop the violent protesters. I watched live coverage of people setting cars on fire and throwing rocks through windows, all while the barricade of law enforcement officers remained motionless. Why weren’t they tear-gassing the crap out of these people? Why weren’t they blasting them with rubber bullets? I don’t get it. I’m not blaming the officers. After all, they take their orders from their superiors. I’d just like to know who that particular superior was. It literally wasn’t until just a few hours ago, as I write this, that 2,000 National Guardsmen and over 1,000 outside law enforcement officials showed up in Baltimore and started using tear gas canisters and pepper balls.
Anyway, it’s time for everyone, including the stupid bureaucrats in Washington, to realize that law enforcement officers are there to enforce the law. (Another radical notion.) The whole point of a local police system is to protect innocent, law-abiding citizens and to keep thugs and criminals from killing people and doing other illegal things. Isn’t that the whole point? Or am I missing something?
Honestly, the real conversation we should be having really isn’t about the law enforcement systems in towns and cities across the U.S. The real conversation should be about human nature, individuality and personal choices. That’s what has led to all of this chaos, destruction and anarchy. Choice. That’s what it all comes down to. Horrible choices. But, of course, no one is talking about that. No one will admit that these violent individuals have made an active, willful, intentional choice to destroy their town (and then get mad that their town has been destroyed.) Here’s an idea: How about instead of choosing to wreak havoc on your town, you go get a job, an education or get married and raise a family? Why not try to become a normal, functioning member of American society? Why not care about your family, your neighborhood, your community, your town, your city, heck even your country and its leaders? Why not stay informed about the things going on in Washington? Why not vote for leaders who will lead with honor and integrity? (Man, I’m just full of radical ideas today.)
And, perhaps most important, why not start with our kids, and teach them the values of hard work, kindness, education and the like?
To quote a famous Baltimorean: “It’s easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), African-American social reformer, abolitionist, writer, orator and statesmen.
Let’s start there. And let’s make good choices.
It’s up to you.
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