Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Driven the wrong way

The unrest in Baltimore gives commentators a chance to do what they do best - blame the other side.
Daily Kos features someone blaming the white reaction.
After sitting on the sidelines, silent at the lynching of Freddie Gray, you'd think that some property damage and non-lethal violence would fail to shake the conscience of the average white viewer. You'd be wrong.
The National Review looks at which party has led Baltimore since I was in kindergarten.
Black urban communities face institutional failure across the board every day. There are people who should be made to answer for that: What has Martin O’Malley to say for himself?
The Daily Kos piece seems to excuse the rioting as the last chance to get attention. A choice they were driven to make.
As a white male, I don't particularly care for looting and rioting. I wouldn't like to be one of the store or property owners who will have to replace or rebuild. But I'm forced to recognize this destruction as the final option for a group of people so systematically disenfranchised that their voices have not been heard.
I don't think that's going to work.

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