Violence

Violence April 28, 2015

Morgan Guyton on violence

I asked Morgan Guyton for permission to share these words from a Facebook update he posted. The media pays scant attention to 10,000 protesting peacefully, but notices when property is destroyed. Society pays scant attention to the deaths of people at the hands of those with authority, but notices when property is destroyed.

I’m not in favor of destruction of property. But if anyone claims that that is the central issue in what has been going on in Baltimore, or what happened in Ferguson, then they are not representing concern for human beings. They are representing concern on the part of the dominant for their own property. And it is the fact that we live in a system where that can be considered acceptable that is the core problem.

For more on what has been happening, see the Baltimore Sun‘s and MSN’s coverage, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ call to not focus on rioting while neglecting the underlying issues. Jacobin magazine has a piece on the fact that rioting is not a random occurrence.

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  • “But if anyone claims that that is the central issue in what has
    been going on in Baltimore, or what happened in Ferguson, then they are
    not representing concern for human beings.”
    -So the thrice-looted South Asian shopkeeper manhandled by Michael Brown is not a human being. And neither is Darren Wilson.

    The killing of Freddie Gray is surely a tragedy, but one would have to be a fool to believe it would have been prevented by a Blacker police force.

    And riots don’t solve anything. They only create more ghetto decay.

    Also, James, you are remarkable in your lack of hypocrisy here, at least, in regard to where you’ve decided to live (to those unaware: click on the link and navigate to the area of Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana). I commend you for coordinating your actions with your rhetoric.

    • Who said anything about a “blacker” police force?

      • You implied it with your constant anti-White tone throughout these posts and your blaming police violence on White people.

        • You have misunderstood. This is not about replacing racism with another form of racism. It is about moving beyond racism, and that involves dealing with the ongoing impacts of racism in the past, as well as seeking to eliminate it in the present.