Hot take from Time magazine columnist: In defense of rioting

Hot take from Time magazine columnist: In defense of rioting

Some holiday cheer for you courtesy of a magazine that was sort of respected when I was growing up. In an age when newsweeklies are a week late in meeting people’s demand for news, I guess this is one way to keep your site “vital.”

Conn Carroll reminds me that Darlena Cunha was also responsible for that WaPo piece back in July about driving a Mercedes to pick up food stamps. So rest assured, she’s down with the struggle.

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Ferguson unfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on. We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the change agents because of their bad and sometimes violent decisions—because if we can separate the underlying racial tensions that clearly exist in our country from the looting and rioting of select individuals, we can continue to ignore the problem…

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