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My Country in Turmoil

Protests are amazing tools. The work of Dr. Martin Luther King, as far as I can tell, was progressive and supremely effective. And I applaud the advances and positive change he and his team were able to effect in American history. I wholeheartedly support groups that want to effect change in modern society. If reforms are necessary, then count on my unequivocal assent.

However, burning local businesses is a crime punishable by law. Defacing public and private property is still a crime punishable by law. Hindering the free flow of commerce and daily business is a crime punishable by law. Harming or threatening other people is still a crime punishable by law.

I understand that the hoodlums do not represent the majority of the groups protesting for police reform. However, the spokeswoman for the local Black Lives Matter chapter was woefully hesitant and measured in her language in her attempt to de-escalate the violent and destructive behavior that followed the Black Lives Matter protest yesterday in our capital. Additionally, reports reflect that outsiders are coming into our cities and wreaking havoc in the name of these protesting groups.

Local law enforcement has my unmitigated support in their efforts to restore order, protect property and save human lives. Curfews, ordinances and proclamations are just as valid in this current crisis as they were in the response to COVID-19. What I witnessed last night in my beloved Oklahoma City was nothing short of vandalism, violence and unabashed disregard for law and order. Unfortunately, Oklahoma City is now being cited in national news reports as a trouble spot. Spend whatever you must, Oklahoma City, and track down and prosecute every single incident of lawlessness and crime related to last night's debacle. Keep the protests legal and legitimate or the whole cause will go up in flames for the insurrection of a few hoodlums who claim to care.

posted on June 1, 2020 10:26 AM ()

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There are protesters and there are looters. They are two different animals. Saying the looters are there to protest is like saying oranges taste like a Macintosh.
comment by nittineedles on June 2, 2020 8:10 PM ()
Indeed
reply by jerms on July 1, 2020 8:41 AM ()
a right wing group pretending to be Antifa (anti fascist leftist group) posted violent messages on Twitter before the posts were taken down. Don't be too quick to blame "militant" protesters. Aside from thug opportunists taking advantage of the crowds to rob and loot, I think right wing money persuaded some thugs to burn buildings and loot stores. It certainly fits in with what I know about right wing tactics.
comment by tealstar on June 2, 2020 8:51 AM ()
That's funny. I heard the same thing about left-wing money.
reply by jerms on July 1, 2020 8:42 AM ()
Jeremy one of the most effective ways to deal with it were the police departments that joined the protestors as the Houston police dept did.
They were saying, in effect, we know you are right. That was a shameful blot on our history and we are with you. I agree rioting and looting is not the answer and peaceful demonstrating is the ideal but if George Floyd was my family, I would protest any way possible. He was murdered while those sworn to protect us watched while one of their fellows did the deed. I was raised in a Southern Republican family that were once slave holders but I have learned better than that. We all bleed red and we are all brothers and sisters.
comment by elderjane on June 2, 2020 8:00 AM ()
It's true. Racism is a sneaky evil and rears its head on both sides of the issues. I agree with you...rioting and looting are NOT the answer.
reply by jerms on July 1, 2020 8:45 AM ()
Like others I’m more aghast at the murder of people, the disregard for human life that spurred these riots.
comment by drmaus on June 1, 2020 11:31 AM ()
I was careful not to diminish the validity of the protests, but you must admit criminal behavior undermines the message. Are you defending criminal behavior? What if it were your business being burned to the ground?
reply by jerms on June 1, 2020 1:45 PM ()
You’d thinking murdering someone by suffocating them would be a crime punishable by law as well, but it took quite an outcry to make just one arrest possible, even with video proof. I can’t fathom their frustration so I will reserve judgment. I agree that rioting and looting is not the answer, I just feel as tho they are SO beyond frustrated that their anger got the best of em. PS please take the time to listen to Trevor Noah’s video. It’s about 15 minutes long and worth every second.
comment by kristilyn3 on June 1, 2020 11:01 AM ()
I was careful not to diminish the validity of the protests, but you must admit criminal behavior undermines the message. Are you defending criminal behavior? What if it were your business being burned to the ground?
reply by jerms on June 1, 2020 1:46 PM ()
https://youtu.be/v4amCfVbA_c
reply by kristilyn3 on June 1, 2020 11:04 AM ()
On the other hand, though not all police are violent too many are and, as I saw last night here in Fort Lauderdale, a few eggs the protesters on.
I agree violence, looting doesn't help anyone but both sides have to constrain themselves even when all Hell is breaking out!
comment by greatmartin on June 1, 2020 10:32 AM ()
I was impressed with the professional restraint of the Oklahoma City police department. The violence and looting was on the part of the "protesters".
reply by jerms on June 1, 2020 1:47 PM ()

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