In 1967 My parents were living in California and I was a young married woman going to school and living in Windsor, Ontario Canada. I stood on the Canadian side of the border and watched Detroit burn. It was like watching a fireworks display, we were separated by the Detroit river and not afraid, but horrified.
When it was over twelve days later, 43 were dead, 1189 injured and 2000 buildings were destroyed. The city was in shambles and Detroit has never recovered from it. It went down hill and is now as far down as a city can go. Who would want to go there and start a business when they see what the citizens are capable of? Who did it hurt? The fools burned down their own gov’t housing and killed their own people and why? They call it civil unrest, it is vandalism and brainless rage.
Believe it or not, I was in L.A. in 1992 with my cousin Peter. We were in Hollywood at a theatre when riots broke out. We headed for the freeway to go home (Orange County) and saw people smashing windows and running down the street with television sets. Funny thing was, they too burned down their own homes, what were they going to do with the televisions?
Again, 53 dead, 2000 injured and 1700 structures destroyed. Los Angeles hasn’t recovered either. All they did was bring death and destruction to their own people. Who wants to open businesses in L.A. today? Not only is it nearly impossible with all the unnecessary regulations, it’s not profitable for corporations to come here.
Go ahead and call it Civil Unrest, I call it the end of opportunity for all who live there.
There have been many riots since these two notable ones, but here we are in 2014 and still witnessing riots. Why? Yes a man has been killed but why not wait until the investigation is over and see what really happened? How is looting and vandalizing going to solve anything? And why does this only happen in black communities?
Eric Holder is a black man, do they really think he is not going to investigate this? The real leaders of the black communities need to educate their people to the fact, this behaviour is stupid, unnecessary and makes people FEAR them. THEY ONLY HURT THEMSELVES AND COST TAXPAYERS MILLIONS! Haven’t we come farther than this?
In England, they stopped the riots by withholding gov’t subsidies, so if you were living in your mother’s basement she was in danger of losing her residence and then where would you be living?
Civilized people are INDIVIDUALS not groups of thugs roaming the streets causing havoc for their neighbours. This will be resolved and the only ones hurt will be the people in the community…or so it seems. But the ones really hurt are the Black people themselves because they will get lumped into this mess as “Black People” and people will believe ‘Rioting’ is what they do and it should be expected.
Where is the real racism in this country? By the way, racism has existed since the Bible, ask the Jews. Ask the Italians who immigrated to New York. The Irish, The Polish, the Japanese, the Vietnamese (who all prosper in this country and do not participate in RIOTS). The educated and prosperous blacks must speak out against this violence.
Changing hearts and minds is only done by witness of behaviour and people drawing THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS not what the media spins. It is time for strong smart (and their are many) blacks to come forward and talk turkey about problems in black communities and why they are having them. Poverty can be avoided. Illegitimate children is the fastest way to poverty, don’t do it!
Charter schools excelled many minorities but the unions shut them down. In many cases, black people want charter schools for their children but our HELPFUL gov’t wants us all to buy the kool-aid public schools dish up. The answer to all this is LEADERSHIP and less worry about what is politically correct. Stop using Hollywood as your guide, you can’t live like them and succeed, they are rich and can cover their own mistakes. YOU CAN”T.
This is an American tragedy and should have been solved a long time ago. It is time to stop helping disable them and empower them with REAL education and jobs. Point out ‘Hope and Prosperity” are personal goals and can and will be achieved by those who work for it. Unrest is never about one thing, but in this day and age it is unacceptable and downright stupid.