Looks like cops killed another innocent black guy and people are pissed about it. I hate seeing this shit, but it pops up on the news and social media so much that I've become desensitized to it. I already know there will be protest that essentially don't help anyone. I also know that these peaceful protests will eventually turn into riots. Even though none of this is out of the ordinary, I've had an epiphany. The protests and riots actually do make a difference.
Don't get me wrong. I'm still refusing to be apart of any of it, but now I understand their importance. Specifically, I understand the riots. And that includes the looting, killing, burning and destruction of both private and public property. Riots are meant to garner the attention of people like me; people who choose to ignore the issues at hand.
Some people see the riots as aimless chaos, but let me clarify that chaos. The goal is to make EVERYONE suffer every time black people face an injustice. That way, EVERYONE has to be involved in the solution. If its a possibility that you'll lose your job, your home, your business, your kids or even your own life EVERY time a cop kills an innocent black person, then you'll be more likely to help prevent that. You'll even want to participate in punishing bad cops.
It's kind of like in the military. If you fuck up, your superiors make all your colleagues do push-ups. To make matters worse, you don't have to do any push-ups at all. This breeds a little animosity from your buddies. Now, your colleagues have incentive to make sure you don't fuck up again. And if you do, they'll punish you themselves.
Better yet, think of it this way. Imagine a guy with a bomb strapped to his chest running into a store you're shopping at streaming, "Give me $20 or I'll kill us all!" He's not talking directly to you and you may not care about his life or anyone else's, but would that really stop you from giving him the money if you had it? The riots could have the same effect. If you're negatively impacted by the current riots, then you'll be more likely to do whatever you can to prevent more in the future. The best way to prevent these riots is to quit fucking with black people for no reason.
Me and millions of people who think like me, haven't been active enough in the fight against injustice; specifically the injustices black people face when dealing with the law. As a result of our complacency, innocent black people have continued to be murdered, framed, harassed and wrongfully arrested by crooked and incompetent police.
I used to be one of those people that said, "None of this protesting is going to make a difference" or "Messing your own neighborhoods isn't going to get any results," but I've slightly changed my stance. I still have little faith in getting results from peaceful protests, outside of spreading awareness. But I will say, protests open the doors for riots, which are crucial for change, if their impact is large enough.
Public uproars like this usually don't make a huge difference. And the reason they usually don't is because people normally calm down after a couple weeks and go back to their normal lives. But this situation is a little different than most. A lot of people don't have school or jobs to go back to, so they have all the time in the world to cause chaos. Not to mention, a lot of people have been stuck in the house itching to get out and do anything social.
So what's next? Depends on everyone fighting, really. If they can keep this up until it effect most people, then they have a good chance of making a major change in this country. I will warn you, though. This is war and wars have casualties on both sides. Our neighborhoods will burn along with theirs. Innocent people on both sides will die; even people not involved. Be prepared to lose everything you love for the sake of people you'll never meet.