The Town Scryer is a mixed bag of humor, socio-political observations and ephemera from the perspective of a eclectic Pagan veteran of the counter-culture.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

What Good Does Rioting Do?

     Cross-posted from Will Shetterly

They riot because they have nothing. Middle-class people cannot understand this. They ask, "How can they destroy their own neighborhoods?" But those are not their neighborhoods. Those are neighborhoods rented or lent to them by people who have seized the lion's share of the world's wealth.

Middle-class people ask, "But what good does rioting do?" Here's one answer:

"Yes," said the young man. "You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?"

"Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you."

Eavesdropping from among the onlookers, I looked around. A dozen TV crews and newspaper reporters interviewing the young men everywhere ‘’’

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See also Why Rich People Hate Looters

    This is not an endorsement of violence, but rather an attempt to go beyond cliche' and platitudes to actual dialogue.

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