Originally posted on Abagond:
When there is a riot going on somewhere in Black America, the important thing is to excuse the unjust, racist social order of the US. So, be sure to say the following (commenters can add their own suggestions below):
“Violence is counterproductive. Be patient. Let the system work.”
Because it has worked so well in the past, especially for Black people, especially when they do not rock the boat. Because the nation was already busily ending police brutality. Because justice in the US is colour-blind, even to the colour of money.
Apply the words “thugs”, “violent”, “lawless” and “unacceptable” to
rioters – but not to the police.
Because the police and police brutality are none of those things. Because violence and setting stuff on fire is only acceptable when your sports team has lost (or won). Or when there is a Pumpkin Festival. Or…
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