Milwaukee has seen two nights of rioting (and counting), Gov. Scott Walker has activated the National Guard, and Mayor Tom Barrett has announced a curfew. The riots began after a cop shot and killed a black man who allegedly was armed with a stolen semi-automatic handgun. Somehow the rioting and the shooting are related, but exactly how depends on whom you ask.
Is it because a racist black cop killed an armed black man? Is it because, as one demonstrator told reporters, rich people have money and aren’t giving it to poor people? The Journal Sentinel quoted alderman Khalif Rainey as telling the press that the rioting, looting, and arson were “byproducts” of inequity, injustice, unemployment, under-education, oppression, and racial problems.
Please, Vox, make sense of this for us!
Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary — but can lead to serious social reforms. https://t.co/s3AciISP4H
— Vox (@voxdotcom) August 15, 2016
They’re not irrational? Phew. So burning down a gas station and looting a beauty supply store because police shot an armed suspect does make sense after all?
@voxdotcom there is so much wrong with this statement
— PrincessOfDarkness (@SagiDiva1) August 15, 2016
@voxdotcom you're defending rioting over police shooting an armed criminal. Pathetic.
— staugy (@staugy) August 15, 2016
@voxdotcom Vox excuses rioting by quoting radical professors.
— Willie Stroker (@DickInman) August 15, 2016
@voxdotcom This is evidently some of the crazy the left teaches their "true believers." That riots have had positive effects in the US.
— Betty Ann (@bawlaw99) August 15, 2016
It’s a shame that young people in the United States still have to pay to attend college, but that’s another issue that should be resolved soon.
.@voxdotcom And yet you don't understand why no one takes your site or its "writers" seriously. Weird.
— Me_In_Jersey (@Me_In_Jersey) August 15, 2016
look at this headline
through some sort of social justice magic trick they have really tried to make rioting out to be *not that bad*
— JoeyXcv (@JoeyXcv) August 15, 2016
@voxdotcom tell that to the people who were attacked and had businesses burned.
— me (@sremkusrenner) August 16, 2016
@voxdotcom Tell this to the people whose businesses were harmed or destroyed. Tell it to their face.
— Meg (@crankyCPA) August 15, 2016
@voxdotcom burn it down, I don't live there.
— michael amber (@sneakeyghost) August 15, 2016
@voxdotcom this is the most moronic thing ever written
— Tyler Wallace (@teewallace) August 15, 2016
Hey, didn’t Vox suspend (but not fire) one of its editors who tweeted that people should start a riot when Donald Trump came to their cities, and insisted it wasn’t a joke? But if riots can lead to social change, why suspend an employee for encouraging them?
Vox: "Violent riots can be a good thing."
Editor: "So can violence at Trump rallies."
Vox: "WOW. Too far dude. Suspended."
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) August 16, 2016
Since we’re on the topic of rioting, arson, and looting: DeRay Mckesson, who was praised by President Obama at the White House in February for doing “some outstanding work mobilizing in Baltimore,” managed to parlay his teaching and community organizing experience into a one-credit course at Yale Divinity School that included “In Defense of Looting” as required reading.
Yes, this is to whom President Obama turns for input on police reform.
Dangerous and scary.
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SHOCKER! Vox avoids detail about ‘US’s most segregated city’ (Gee, what could it be!?) https://t.co/JcU2qEwxit
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 15, 2016