Ferguson Riots

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“The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”    Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rioters, You have added to your loss a loss…

 

One thought on “Ferguson Riots

  1. Hard to argue with MLK, but I’m going to. Having covered the racially-motivated riots of Holyoke, Mass. as a reporter in the 1970s, I spent a considerable amount of time in the Flats of the city, talking with rioters and trying to understand the source of their anger and frustration. I came to see the riots as an inevitable pressure release, a last-gasp statement by a marginalized population that had been pressed into a corner. Did the riots serve a purpose? You bet. It was a collective scream by the Hispanic community of “no mas!” that the government and white majority population simply had to heed. I sense a number of parallels in what’s going on in Ferguson, whose racial difficulties over decades have been well documented. While the riots only widen the divide between the diverse interests of the community, I can’t help but think it will, over the long term, change the balance of power and give voice to those who for far too long have been forced into silence.

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