There is so much that is wrong about the black community’s reaction to the shooting of a black man by police in Milwaukee that it’s hard to identify anything right or positive about it.
First are the circumstances behind the shooting itself. The suspect, 23-year-old Sylville Smith, was armed. He was holding a handgun loaded with 23 rounds when he was confronted by law enforcement and failed to comply with orders to drop the weapon. The officer who delivered the fatal shots, moreover, was himself black, though liberals will tell you that means nothing — that once a “brother” joins the force, he has moved over to the dark side.
Second is the response. Much of this, we have seen this before: the rioting, the torching of cars and businesses, the inevitable (and always-inexplicable looting). But there was a new and particularly disturbing element this time: the hunting down and attacking of white strangers for no reason other than the color of their skin. This is pure and unadulterated racism.
The mayhem continued for two straight days. In the process, four of Milwaukee’s finest, who were there to contain the mob until peace could be restored, were injured.
So what, ultimately, was the angry horde’s rationale for all of this? One of the protesters on Saturday put it succinctly in this sound byte:
— Charter (@hoodsonco) August 14, 2016
(h/t Larry O’Connor, Hot Air)