Yesterday, charges were brought against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray following days of riots, looting, and burning. Chants of “No Justice, No Peace” were also heard amid the chaos.
In other news, a police officer was shot apparently in retaliation for Gray’s death. Apparently the assailant, who is in custody, didn’t get the memo that the officers had been charged.
In my opinion, charges were brought against the officers to pacify the rioters, and some of those will not stick when all the facts are brought to light. Regardless, the aftermath of this entire process is horrifying in the scope and the implications of what the future holds. And thus another sad chapter has been written in which the insane round-robin series of events where someone gets killed (a person of color with a criminal record) & people riot before all the facts are in.
Stop and think of the impact of these events have on the community. Businesses are looted and burned, many of them are owned by the same race as the community that they are located in. They had absolutely nothing to do with the events that triggered the riot. But they were the focus of the mob’s wrath, and the destruction & looting began.
But I have never been able to figure out how robbing, burning, and otherwise destroying the very businesses of the community that you live in will make things better. Sure, the people involved may be charged and even convicted, but exactly how does does that equate to justice? If anyone knows, please leave a comment.
Additionally, the community now has a bad reputation. If things were bad before, hold on because things will get worse as businesses, owned by real people, will be reluctant to reopen damaged or destroyed stores in the area. Property prices will go down, insurance rates will go up, and the prices in any reopened stores will be higher than before in order to pay for the higher insurance rates, increased risk of opening a store in a volatile area, & loss of revenue from the destruction & unrest.
Yes, there is a cost to all of this mayhem, and someone will pay for it. And it will be the people living in the neighborhood that was just reduced to ashes.
Again, in my opinion, protest in front of the mayor’s office, the police department, or anywhere else for that matter to get your point across. But do not rob or burn down other people’s property, because that will make you the true criminal in these cases, and will not bring about the true social justice that is needed.
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