A not so proud American tradition, rioting and mayhem. A time-honored tradition that goes back to the ‘Draft Riots of New York City’ in the Civil War when thousands were killed. Riots tend to happen in times of economic duress or political turmoil. Baltimore suffered riots in the civil war as well.
The current crisis of the moment are the Baltimore riots. Some of the footage is rather shocking at times, but utterly predictable.
I won’t get into the police blame game in this specific case, but the Mayor of Baltimore acted quite irresponsibly. I was simply stunned at this quote:
“I made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech,” Rawlings-Blake said. “It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”
Simply unbelievable. Riots like this in the future; say in the 2050’s after peak population could create more ‘Ghost Cities’ like Gary Indiana; that suffered horrible race riots and painful economic changes. Law-abiding citizens will flee to other urban areas; making some cities winners and others losers. The difference being the losers turn into ruins.
Many of the despicable media punditry will ask for the next four days what can be done about these riots and protests?
The answer is nothing can be done. This is simply how things are in America. As long as there is a lack of opportunity or social tensions there will be riots and violence. I am not justifying the people rioting but simply making an observation this is part of the fabric of our society.