On Sunday night, more looting and violence broke out in Minneapolis, Minnesota following a police killing of a black man.
Not all the details are known, so the merits of the case are still outstanding, and won’t be pre-judged here. But we do know that hooligans unnecessarily took to the streets to damage police property and to destroy and loot private businesses.
As of now, all we know is that a 20-year-old black man named Duante Wright was shot by police during a traffic stop and is now dead.
According to the Star Tribune, “After the shooting, Brooklyn Center police said officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation shortly before 2 p.m. in the 6300 block of Orchard Avenue.
The driver, who had a warrant, got back into the vehicle as officers were trying to take him into custody. That’s when an officer discharged a weapon, striking the driver, police said. The vehicle traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle.
Officers and medical personnel performed lifesaving measures but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A female passenger was taken to the hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.”
It should go without saying that, if the police acted badly and fired without cause, they should be punished, but rioting and looting isn’t the answer and can’t be tolerated.
This is no way to protest. Destroying private stores and ruining stores harms business owners—many of whom were black—and helps no one and defeats their cause in the process.
Legitimate protest is always acceptable, but looting a Wal-Mart or an auto parts store in the name of a shooting victim makes no sense and is just an excuse to steal stuff for the looters’ own benefit.
How is stealing a car battery or raiding a liquor store for a bottle of booze achieving justice?
The answer is self-evident: It isn’t.
The National Guard was once again brought in to stem the tide of looting and the crowd eventually dispersed.
The Star Tribune reported that “Several businesses around the Walmart were completely destroyed, including Foot Locker, T Mobile, and a New York men’s clothing store.
Looting was widespread late Sunday into early Monday, spilling into north and south Minneapolis. Reports said that stores in Uptown and along Lake Street were also being looted.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott issued a curfew order until 6 a.m. Monday. Precautions were being taken into Monday, with Brooklyn Center canceling or closing all school buildings, programs, and activities.”
The streets of America are looking like a replay of the 1960s with rioting, looting, and National Guard troops on the streets of America’s larger cities.
What a shame. Those days appeared long gone, and America had made so much progress against racism, but now the mob is acting like Jim Crow and systemic racism is still a fact of everyday life, even though the data debunks their claims.
The rioters and looters are desecrating the memory of the Civil Rights marchers who braved their lives to make America more racially tolerant.
They are so self-unaware they don’t realize that they are essentially claiming that America is just as racist now as it was in 1960. Therefore, it’s as if the Civil Rights movement accomplished nothing.
These are sad and dangerous days in America…and they’re only poised to get worse.