Darlena Cunha’s column in Time magazine is an example of why our society is fractured and may be on the verge of collapse. When criminal behavior is defended, the law ignored, and rationality replaced by emotions, there is little hope for a better future.
Cunha seriously tries to tell us that: “Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society…Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in mainstream culture…violent protests are part of the American experience”. This is much more than simply liberal appeasement; it is an unrealistic agenda gone horribly wrong.
Riots are an example of the devolution of society, not evolution. Peaceful protest is the intelligent and civil way for citizens to express their displeasure and change should occur by going through the system not by violently tearing it down. It is not a “luxury” for the mainstream culture, it is a necessity for having a civilized culture.
Martin Luther King achieved much, much more through peaceful demonstration than any rioter has or ever will. Ignoring his example and burning down one’s own community in anger is a huge step backward and defending such actions is despicable. The type of rationalization shown by Cunha encourages more violence and a disregard for law and order. Unfortunately, she is not the only one so sadly misguided.
In speeches after the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision, President Obama sympathized with rioters rather than vehemently calling them to task. Furthermore, he tacitly chastised law enforcement, the legal process, and the decision without urging (and certainly not praising) any acceptance of the evidence or the validity of the system. He made it clear he disagreed with the verdict and assured that the federal government would continue investigating. This show of “leadership” from Obama dovetails with Cunha’s twisted logic and encourages further unrest.
Cunha also tries to say that riots in black communities are “true only when the riots are politically aimed” as if that somehow justifies them. However, there have been violent riots after basketball games in both black and white communities and rationalizing riots as she does can only encourage more. Riots are part of America’s “past” experience and we should do all we can to keep them in the past instead of accepting them as part of the “American experience”.
Shame on Time magazine for this insidious rationalization.
David J. Hentosh