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Because Riots Solve Everything...
Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15
Don't be turned away but the length of this post. Real life is around us.

Longest story short, Baltimore is burning.

A young, African American man named Freddie Gray died after suffering spinal injuries while in police custody. This led to an outbreak of protests, which has now lead to some serious rioting going on in the city of Baltimore. Seven police officers were hurt, and it's still not yet fully under control.







This is the second rioting protest due to the death of a young African American in less than a year, with Michael Brown's death prompting the Ferguson Riots in August 2014.

While I understand the anger, and I understand the rage, I don't understand this. Use this anger and rage to make a change positively is what I believe. This does not help to change anything, it just makes things worse.

All I can say is

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/24/us/baltimore-freddie-gray-death/


And lets not pretend rioting and unpeaceful protesting is only an American thing....

Seoul, South Korea. One week ago ---



http://news.sky.com/story/1468086/violent-clashes-at-south-korea-ferry-rally

Venezuela - 2014



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014%E2%80%9315_Venezuelan_protests
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Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15
That's true OP, unfortunately you need an MLK or a Ghandi to settle things peacefully and with lasting effect. We don't have anyone like them at the moment.
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Posted 4/27/15
These communities are only proving even more to police that they need heavier monitoring and surveillance.
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Posted 4/27/15
Riots are just half-assed revolutions that never truly solve any problem. What I find a bit humorous in the whole "cops are racist" protests and riots is that the whole time, the police are letting them fully exercise their right to protest. It is a bit strange when you think about it.
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Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15

mordant221 wrote:

That's true OP, unfortunately you need an MLK or a Ghandi to settle things peacefully and with lasting change. We don't have anyone like them at the moment.


The problem is Gandhi/MLK non-violence methods only work if the majority of the general population sympathizes with you, and I'm not sure if that applies here.

Edit: I don't want to sound like I'm condoning what's going on in Baltimore. Please do not interpret it that way.
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Posted 4/27/15
I'm hearing about all of it from friends back east. A high school classmate was living in the Baltimore outskirts and pretty much locked her apartment and went home to PA to her brother's house after seeing a guy get his head stomped in.

Hivemind is scary.
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Posted 4/27/15
Yeah! Let's protest police brutality by committing more crime!
What a bunch of freakin morons.
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Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15
This offers some insight into the broader issue surrounding these protests and riots. Sure, Gray was the spark. But he doesn't seem to be the powder.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/will-freddie-grays-death-change-anything-for-a-desperately-poor-part-of-baltimore/2015/04/27/d0e6f6ca-ed0d-11e4-8abc-d6aa3bad79dd_story.html
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Posted 4/27/15
Riots solve everything...

Vancouver Canucks fans will definitely agree with this statement.



In all seriousness, I believe that riots aren't the answer to their problems. There's a difference between a riot and a (good) protest, people. Others are more likely to listen to you if you show your frustration in an organized but assertive fashion, as apposed to an outright rage like these riots. I get they're angry, but they're not helping anything by causing property damage and possibly even deaths.
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Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15
This just reinforces the black stereotype in the minds of the officers even more.

Although police corruption and brutality is a very real issue, I'm not sure about how to alleviate the problems efficiently. Still, jumping straight to violence is probably not the answer. The police have better weapons.

Riots are usually misguided in their attempts to bring change, IMO.
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Posted 4/27/15
Baltimore has been on the skids in some areas of the city for ages. This might at least bring about shoe positive changes in the rebuilding.
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Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15
Unfortunately, there will always be people that take advantage of turmoil to advance personal gain. In my opinion people either riot for attention, or to take advantage of the turmoil and steal what they can.
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Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15

Morbidhanson wrote:

This just reinforces the black stereotype in the minds of the officers even more.

Although police corruption and brutality is a very real issue, I'm not sure about how to alleviate the problems efficiently. Still, jumping straight to violence is probably not the answer. The police have better weapons.

Riots are usually misguided in their attempts to bring change, IMO.


Rioters and riots aren't about change. They're about attention and looting.
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Posted 4/27/15 , edited 4/27/15
I love the irony people riot then when it passes they complain that no stores are open. If you have a grievance vote you have the numbers to elect those you want in power you have the young men and women who could join the police force instead of just rioting. One thing is to not lower the standards for joining the police force you will just end up with more inexperience cops and if you raise them then you be listed at a racist who doesn't want minorities on the force.
To be honest I feel no sympathy for the rioters only for the innocent men and women who have to change there lifestyles because of these thugs and anarchist. To all the men and women who live their lives legally do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of your family.
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Posted 4/27/15
I hate seeing all of this. My heart goes out to everyone effected by the rioting.
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