I don’t care what excuse you use for your actions: rioting, looting, arson, and property destruction are disgusting acts, and straightforward violations of the victims’ rights. 

If you tried to harm my business—my livelihood, and the method by which I put food on the dinner table—in any way in the name of “protesting”, I would blow your fucking head off in half a heartbeat. 

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Intense images and videos show the violence in Baltimore right now 

Violence broke out Monday on the streets of Baltimore as rioters clashed with police officers just hours after the memorial service for Freddie Gray, a black man who died of a spinal chord injury on April 19 while in police custody. 

Video and photographic footage show that the area has devolved into full-scale rioting. Police reports indicate that at least seven officers have been injured, at least one critically so far in the clashes. Live updates can be seen on RT’s YouTube (Embed).

People are all, “RIOTS ARE HORRIBLE, WHAT KIND OF BARBARIANS WOULD EVEN DO THAT?” And yet, they stage reenactments of the most famous riot in American history every year. I’m not saying that I support the destruction of property, but my point is that ya’ll are some hypocrites if you’re not also taking a hard look at American history and the reason that people are driven to extremes. Riots are literally a historical norm perpetuated by people of all races for all kinds of reasons. Something is wrong with our system if one of the most effective ways to garner attention is to start breaking stuff…

So, we have ‘white riots’ (because we lost the game), and 'black riots’ (because we’re losing our lives). Guess which riots national and mainstream media choose to demonize? Does this make the Baltimore rioting right? Not at all. It makes mainstream media all the more wrong.

Now, tonight, I turn on the news and I see politicians calling for young people in Baltimore to remain peaceful and “nonviolent.” These well-intended pleas strike me as the right answer to the wrong question. To understand the question, it’s worth remembering what, specifically, happened to Freddie Gray. An officer made eye contact with Gray. Gray, for unknown reasons, ran. The officer and his colleagues then detained Gray. They found him in possession of a switchblade. They arrested him while he yelled in pain. And then, within an hour, his spine was mostly severed. A week later, he was dead. What specifically was the crime here? What particular threat did Freddie Gray pose? Why is mere eye contact and then running worthy of detention at the hands of the state? Why is Freddie Gray dead?

The people now calling for nonviolence are not prepared to answer these questions. Many of them are charged with enforcing the very policies that led to Gray’s death, and yet they can offer no rational justification for Gray’s death and so they appeal for calm. But there was no official appeal for calm when Gray was being arrested. There was no appeal for calm when Jerriel Lyles was assaulted. (“The blow was so heavy. My eyes swelled up. Blood was dripping down my nose and out my eye.”) There was no claim for nonviolence on behalf of Venus Green. (“Bitch, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black bitches I have locked up.”) There was no plea for peace on behalf of Starr Brown. (“They slammed me down on my face,” Brown added, her voice cracking. “The skin was gone on my face.“)

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct” or “wise,” any more than a forest fire can be “correct” or “wise.” Wisdom isn’t the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community.
It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.
—  Martin Luther King, Jr., “The Other America”, speech at Grosse Pointe High School on March 14, 1968

To all you closeted racist, deluded packs of shit calling black people savages for looters wanting to wreck shit in Baltimore, do you call the people wrecking their cities over sports games animals? Do you look at the riots of when Joe Paterno was fired and want to line them up and shoot them? Do you think everyone at that Pumpkin Fest who caused more damage in mere days than Ferguson did in MONTHS should be shot like niggers you hate and fear? Guess what? YOU BUILT THIS SHIT.

I would never steal or loot and don’t hate cops, my father served in the Armed Forces as a cop 24 years. But there is only so much you can take before the anger explodes. Only do blacks get the National Guard when disorder happens, because we scare you. MLK said “A riot is the language of the unheard.” He KNEW that riots would occur when the oppressed or people that have been kicked down by every institution would rise and have enough of what they’re going through. The Civil Rights movement HAD its riots and every provision passed during that time happened because people were tired of being afraid. You have shown you perpetually fear and loathe us and no one is going to sit here and abide a system that has all but disregarded them as people with no rights whatsoever. Wipe those tears away from the car windows you see being shattered. There is no reason this shit should still be happening and no reason for you to keep encouraging cops to do so. If dehumanizing the scary Negroes is the only way you can deal with and understand why this happens, then you allowed this to happen.