Time: ‘Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society’

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 at 10:39 am
A police car burns on the street after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

More like going back to the Stone Age.

When a police officer shoots a young, unarmed black man in the streets, then does not face indictment, anger in the community is inevitable. It’s what we do with that anger that counts. In such a case, is rioting so wrong?

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Ferguson unfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on.

Wait, what? What on earth is privileged explanation? But hey, she’s on a roll.

We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the change agents because of their bad and sometimes violent decisions—because if we can separate the underlying racial tensions that clearly exist in our country from the looting and rioting of select individuals, we can continue to ignore the problem.

Obama’s America, where sometimes violent agents of change are just misunderstood by the privileged few. Get with the program, people!

Read the rest if you have the stomach. It devolves into a misinformed screed about the Tea Party, of course.

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3 Responses to “Time: ‘Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society’”

  1. jukin on 26/26/14 at 12:29 pm

    Of course it is! On the other hand when people peacefully but loudly complain about a government takeover of health care in town hall meetings with their representatives that is pure evil.

    Bias Schmias in the media.

  2. Tuerqas on 26/26/14 at 2:03 pm

    I read the rest, here are my thoughts.
    To suggest riots are a necessary tool of evolution posits 2 things:
    1) ALL riots are good, useful or necessary. If some riots were unnecessary or wrong (sports riots?) then each riot would require thought and discussion to determine if they are just or appropriate. Since Darlena has already summarized that ALL people not in favor of rioting are wishing it away to marginalize or forget about it she believes this to be true…until you give her obvious examples of unjust rioting, say lynch mobs? Otherwise, she has to allow that all the ‘anti-Ferguson riot’ commenting could be part of thought and discussion. Unless she sticks with the posit that all rioting is good, her argument is demonstrably false.
    2) If rioting will always be part of evolution, people will never change in to the society that liberals want. If it is impossible, one may still strive towards ‘perfection’, but it is not the position of a realist to cite the utopian ideal as fact or even potential fact.

    I love the stereotype of the self made man as the only conservative template of a successful person. In reality, everyone successful person of any color I know has a myriad of people to thank for their successes, but no, all conservatives believe they did it themselves and therefore believe everyone else could and should too. See in reality land we call that a fallacy.

    The Boston Tea Party is the most offensive reference. Trying to sound educated and pedantic, she only came off as arrogant and ignorant. The Boston tea party targeted property of the offending organization, literally a text book case of purposeful rioting to make a specific point, hurting the party responsible for the riot in the first place. Destroying Joe’s Diner because his shop was closed and in the way is not what I would call purposeful or evolutionary rioting for change. All they did was make Joe an enemy of the rioting and cause empathy for people like Joe.

    I think there are racists in America and many individuals are conservative. However, I also think there are 2 primary equality roadblocks for blacks that harbor the greatest chances for racist feelings and they are liberal policies and black on black hatreds. All the subtext of every liberal policy that attempt to favor or give ‘help’ to black people scream “Blacks are not capable of doing things for themselves’. 93% of black homicides are perpetrated by other blacks. Liberals refute this by saying that 84 of whites are killed by whites. This entirely and lamely misses the point with a sad attempt at redirecting it. Of the 7% of blacks not killed by other blacks most of them are by Hispanics or race undocumented police. The point is that there are not a disproportionate number of black deaths by white police officers or private individuals, yet we hear and get rioting, vigils, protests and of course ‘breaking news’ foaming media outlets over every single white killing a black. If there are 10 in a year (out of 320 million people, over half of which are white), 8-10 will make multiple days or even months of national coverage. How does that equal oppressive racism? If death of a black person at white hands is an example of white privilege at work, there should be tens of thousands of wrongful deaths swept under the rug for every media circus case.

  3. kaiserderden on 26/26/14 at 4:04 pm

    her first sentence should have read “When a police officer shoots a violent thug, then does not face indictment, gratitude in the community is inevitable.”

    but not the black community … they treasure their thugs …