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  • “Riots save lives”

    • Yeah. I have the same problem with it.

    • Black communities across the country have been non-violently protesting police brutality for decades. Suffice to say, that didn’t work. Rioting brought indictments and federal investigations. So yes, I’d say riots against police brutality saved lives.

      • The Post had a story recently that riots not only usually bring about a tough-on-crime response from otherwise apathetic Americans, they usually harden people to the arguments that are being made by the original protesters (who sometimes overlap with the rioters). Basically, most people see riots as a huge temper tantrum, and the response is to quell it, according to the article. Riots are also associated with a statistically significant drop in support for a particular political party, according to the Post. In other words, that poster is not only revealing someone’s ignorance- it is just flat out wrong (never mind the fact that rioting itself is immoral, illegal, etc). Indictments and “federal investigations,” thus far, haven’t gotten the protesters what they want, btw.

        • Police forces all over the country have been engaging in large-scale civil rights violations for decades. Non-violent resistance did nothing to solve the problem. If you’re more concerned about some property damage than you are about large-scale civil rights violations, you are almost certainly a morally bankrupt asshole.

          • wait, is this Gawker?

          • Don’t know if you’re directing that comment to me, but I am concerned about mob “justice,” and I am concerned about a rush to judgment, along with the mob mentality in general. Human beings are not at their best when they turn into a mob, nor are we at our best when we riot. MLK, Jr. would roll over in his grave if he knew a small number of people were trying to make an argument in favor of riots for equality. I’ve always been wary of the police (or really, anyone in power) for as long as I can remember, but I’m also wary of the mob, which manages to be both ineffective and irrational at the same time.

          • MLK on riots: “…I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention.”

        • The benefits of rioting aren’t going to be published by a major media outlet for a number of reasons.
          There are obviously downsides, no one would argue that there aren’t. Apathetic Americans can think what they want, rioting isn’t a PR campaign, it is a message to the government. Government and business require stability to remain legitimate and profitable respectively, rioting sends the message that until something is changed that stability may be revoked.
          Looking at riots in an ethical vacuum is just silly. I think many of us would agree a North Korean prison riot could be moral. Were slave rebellion/riots moral? Any absolute judgement on rioting is absolute garbage.

      • Also the Fair Housing Act of 1968, a truce between the bloods and crips in LA, and more spanish speaking cops here in DC.
        Some riots are like a fever breaking where it has to get worse before it gets better, and then there are sports riots which are just a drunken rampage that serves no purpose.

    • In Baltimore, over Labor Day weekend, 29 people were shot and 9 of them died. I guess they need to step up their rioting.

  • I Dont Get It

    I hate to admit it but I miss that full size Rite Aid right next to the Metro stop.

  • Haven’t noticed much police brutality to protest in DC. In fact, the police don’t seem to get out of their cars to break up known drug corners. I can’t think of a better place to be a corner thug than DC.

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