Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OMGosh Baltimore... WTF??

Baltimore, Baltimore, Baltimore… I don’t even know where to begin with this. First of all, I just wanted to commend all of the people who tried to keep the peace amidst the chaos since the disorder began over this death. It takes a special kind of person to stand up and tell a bunch of non-peace loving people to stop acting like a bunch of wild animals. This includes the Vietnam Veteran who stood in front of the police lines last night in his own neighborhood and told rioters to go home. His name is Robert Valentine. Valentine made his point very clear. What is happening is irrelevant. He is not black, white, yellow, or red. He is an American.

The woman who saw her son in the crowd of rioters while she was watching the news came out to get her son. She slapped him over and over again on camera, and that is what she is supposed to do. She is supposed to keep her children safe and keep them from making mistakes that could ultimately cost them their lives. This mother is to be commended for doing her part, as all parents should. 

Go Mama Bear!

Next on the list are the peaceful protesters who went out on the streets with the intention of bringing attention to a situation that they see as injustice. There is nothing wrong with protesting and keeping it peaceful. That’s what you are supposed to do, fight for what you believe in without hurting the people who you say that you want to help. The only thing I will say is that it probably wasn’t a good idea to do so yesterday out of respect for Freddie Gray’s family. They made it clear that they did not want anyone protesting the day of his funeral, let alone cause havoc in the city. It is disrespectful to do such things to a family who is grieving. And before anyone says it, I know I’m white, but I must say, I wasn’t anymore impressed with Westboro Baptist Church for the same type of behavior. Yes, there, I have said it; I am comparing the rioters to Westboro Baptist Church. The difference is, Westboro Baptist were not violent.

Now for the real reason I am writing this blog today. What the hell do you think you are going to accomplish by tearing up your own neighborhoods? It makes no sense at all, but those out there protesting and their proponents say that this is what we get for “years of oppression”, etc. What is it that we get? Here is what we get. We get to see you make a fool of yourselves on international newscasts. We get to see your neighborhoods burning down. We get to see you carried off the streets and arrested ultimately leading to a possible lifelong record that will haunt you. The only thing you have done via the violence is to prove all of those people right who you are supposedly fighting against. This is not about Freddie Gray. This is more about getting free stuff and wreaking havoc on your own neighborhoods. Maybe it is time to break it down.

 Yup, that'll show us...

That'll show us too...

And this really showed us what's what...

1.   Freddie Gray is arrested, videos show that he likely had a broken leg when police dragged him into the police van. Freddie was alive when he was placed in the van, but dead when he was taken out. Police were in the process of an investigation and further investigations by outside forces was inevitable. Some people, who would not normally get involved, i.e. white people, see that this was probably a case of injustice, unlike those cases where someone was holding a gun to an officer and that is why they were shot, and those white people were starting to say, “hey, there’s something not right about this.”

2.   Peaceful protesters come out in support of the family and for human rights. All goes well until it doesn’t and all hell breaks loose in the city. It is a relatively small riot, but it’s not quite over yet.

3.   Freddie’s family buries their loved one and all hell breaks loose again. This time, buildings are set on fire, stores are looted, police vehicles are set on fire, fire lines are cut, and fifteen police officers are injured because people are throwing bricks and rocks. 

4. Police officers from surrounding areas are called to help with the situation. The National Guard is called in to help with the situation. Firefighters from surrounding areas are called in to help with the situation.

So, dear rioters, here is what you really accomplished:

The people in the poor neighborhoods who have been trying to rebuild the area since the 1968 riots (and do you see a pattern here?) in the same area, become your victims. Nearby businesses are burned to the ground, therefore, there is a good chance that some of these businesses will never consider having a business in that area again. This means less available jobs for the people in the area, and less availability to resources in the area for the people who need it most. And what really galls me is that a building meant for the senior citizens in the area was burned to the ground. Affordable housing for senior citizens in the very neighborhood you proclaim to be protecting. That’s some effed up stuff right there. You even burnt some people out of their homes because, hellllllllo in there, there are apartments over some of those businesses. If your goal was to destroy a neighborhood that has just begun to recover from a decades old riot, job well done.

There is so much to say on this subject that it is hard to sift through it all. The mayor of the city didn’t act quickly enough or this may not have gotten so out of control. I do commend the governor for his quick action and getting things ready to go when he finally got a call back from the mayor. I think this governor has already proven that he is not a talker, but a doer and that is what we need in Maryland.

To the Twitter tweets that I saw last night, if I wasn’t me, I would have no words to describe how despicable you really are. First of all, white people bring up Martin Luther King because he was a man who believed in peace so much that he was willing to die for it. Chances are, he would do it all again and he made a great deal of progress doing it his way. Go back to the fifties and sixties and see just how far this country has come. That is to the idiot who posted something along the lines of, “Why white folks talking about MLK. He was peaceful, but he’s dead.” Not really very smart, are you.

Martin Luther King video discussing rioting. Listen to the whole thing.

Then there was the Twitter poster who basically said that the National Guard is never called on white people, except Kent State, and white people are still talking about the four people who were killed in that. Yes, we still talk about it today. We also still talk about “The Night Chicago Died”. What about the hundreds of white women who were beaten relentlessly by police officers for marching in protest in order to gain their right to vote? These women were jailed, starved and beaten while in the jail by police officers, so learn the country’s entire history before you make a blanket statement again. Trust me, whoever that poster was and anyone who thinks like that, the National Guard would be called on white people if white people were rioting. We are not immune to National Guard involvement, so please don’t contradict yourself like that again. But, of course, there will be those that say, “it’s not the same thing, our problems are much worse than ya’lls”. That’s only because you want to be perceived that way. We all have problems. Get a grip and handle it like human beings and you will get somewhere. Get all violent and animal-like and you will get treated like animals. That’s how the world works.

Kent State Massacre Footage

I’m not done, but I don’t have time to think about this anymore. If I do, I think my head will explode. The short of it is that the rioters who have destroyed the city are not in it because they want to see change. They are in it for their own selfish gain whether that be from looting stores or from the sick pleasure they are enjoying over destroying the very people they claim to care about. Not the brightest crayons in the box, are you?

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