Tweet of the Day: Never letting a race riot go to waste

Tweet of the Day: Never letting a race riot go to waste

Baltimore is burning, more in the figurative sense today than in the literal one, although yesterday angry rioters put the city’s bravest through its paces. Just before sundown, protesters set fire to a CVS pharmacy (after looting it, of course), then severed a fire hose so that firefighters could not extinguish the flames. A newly built senior center affiliated with a church was also torched, and cars were randomly set ablaze or destroyed through vandalism.

Today, a restive calm prevails, but that is because the city is on lockdown. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has imposed a seven-day curfew, and the National Guard has been activated.

All the usual apologists are out in force, excusing the latest acts of wanton destruction by seeking out the alleged root causes of the unrest. MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson blames the riots on income inequality and lead poisoning, while the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates helpfully observes, “When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.” Blaming the police for using excessive force, while excusing black-on-black violence, is also a con, but Coates prefers not to focus on that inconvenient truth.

Most pitiful of all are the “thoughtful” musings of liberals who know better than to let a race riot go to waste (to paraphrase onetime Obama senior adviser Rahm Emanuel). The Baltimore Superintendent of Schools tweeted this this morning:

And then there is this tweet cluelessly posted yesterday at the height of the mayhem:

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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