All around the country, there are people outraged by the treatment afforded George Floyd, which either directly caused or significantly contributed to his death.
We have every right to be outraged. (I say “we” instead of “they” because I am one of them.)
All around the country there are people outraged enough to go to the streets and protest.
Their rage is 100% understandable.
But virtually every protest in major cities has been co-opted by street thugs and radical leftists. Virtually every protest has devolved into anarchy, complete with the massive rioting, looting, vandalism and arson we have been talking about for days.
Where does that leave the peaceful protesters; the people who want their voices heard regarding racial justice?
It leaves them nowhere, that’s where.
These people are not being heard. They are being used as props and as cover by the thugs and lunatics, who steal whatever they can, break whatever is left, set fire to the remains…and then, all too often, melt back into the “peaceful protest” crowd.
When do we hear outrage about that?
Yesterday I quoted Leon Terrrell, a Black civil rights attorney whose credentials in this area are about as strong as they can get. Let me repost what he said about this:
“This is a tragedy.
“There is universal acceptance that the murder of George Floyd was wrong. We agree with that. (But) I am disappointed, shocked that there has been no Democratic lawmaker in the last 72 hours who have focused on the criminal activities of these individuals who are not protesting.
“These are criminals and they are breaking the law using the guise of caring about George Floyd. And, I encourage all you Democratic lawmakers, all you lawmakers, to stand up and criticize these criminals.
“…what cannot happen is this Democratic silence. And, let me just tell the truth why: because these Democratic lawmakers do not want to alienate black voters.
“I’ve got news for you: you’re alienating me. I’m a Black voter and you have lost me if you don’t stand up and do something about these criminals.”
Truer words were never spoken.
And, because he is saying them, Leon Terrell – who should be joined by massive numbers of people sincerely mourning the way George Floyd died – has never been lonelier.
What is wrong with these people? Why are they letting themselves be used this way?
What do they think the country will remember about these days? Their peaceful protests themselves, or that thire protests were nothing more than cover for anarchy, for mass destruction in the streets of major cities throughout the country?
Is that really what they want the legacy of George Floyd to be?
Because, unless they start speaking up, and I mean immediately, that is what it will be.