I am astounded. The damage near me last night was incredible. I live in NC, and there was reports of protests in all the major cities - Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Charlotte. I want to congratulate the citizens of Durham, NC... they were the only ones who had an actual protest in NC that didn't erupt into violence. They were also one of the few that didn't have constant news coverage. The violence was expected. Someone mouthed off at the Raleigh Police Chief this morning - an African American woman - about where she was yesterday when the sheriff was addressing the media about the plans if violence should erupt. Where was the sheriff and his people LAST NIGHT while the chief of police was sending her people out to deal with it head on? In Greensboro they busted out the windows of the old Woolworth building, the site of a major civil rights action, which is now a civil rights museum. The violence in that area took place on a street that was full of businesses.... the overwhelming majority of which are small businesses run by community members of every race. In Fayetteville they looted a mall and burned down the city center.
Rioters - and I call them this, because they are distinguished from the people who were actually trying to protest - destroyed much of center city Philadelphia. Nashville's court house and city hall were set on fire. They destroyed brand new affordable housing units in Minneapolis. Peaceful protesters spent their night trying to stop the rioters in many places, being interviewed on TV crying because they were losing everything including the backing of the nation.
The vast majority of this country was outraged by George Floyd's death. The vast majority of this country was uniting behind this cause because so many were outraged. That unity was broken. While many, like myself, are still outraged and still stand with the peaceful protesters, a lot of people are stepping away and have decided not to stand alongside them physically because they do not support the violence. I have a hard time believing the violence wasn't started on purpose for that reason. A country united over any topic is a dangerous thing. And the violence can be started by anyone. All you need is a small group to toss the first brick, and then the opportunists start, looting and destroying everything. I do not believe the rioters want justice. They want discord. And they were too close to a unity that would force justice.
I wish I had an answer for how to stop them, but I don't. I do know that the police need to start scouring the video footage and start identifying people, then show up at their home and arrest them. But once they are arrested the justice system needs to work. No mug shot and a slap on the wrist. They need to be charged with felonies and they need to do time. There needs to be a consequence to doing this. In my state, when the rioters pulled down statutes, they were arrested and released. Nothing happened to them, even though they were destroying property and the tumbling of mounted statutes could have killed people. Sure, some of them stood before a judge. But they got a slap on the wrist and told not to do that again. This empowered them. This told future rioters for any cause that nothing would happen to them. The media would get behind them, the leftist mob would bend over backwards to justify it, blaming generations of oppression instead of standing next to the people who were overcoming that oppression and who were actually working hard to make advances. The rioters advance nothing. The people they are hurting do. These are business owners, people getting an education, people helping the less fortunate, people trying to clean up their community to make it safer for the children, people trying to teach their children that standing up peacefully for what they believe in works, people who were really taking an actual stand with a plan and a goal, who were about to be listened to. The rioters stole that from them. They stole it from people who have lived their entire lives trying to get to a point where the nation united behind them to the point where the government was going to be forced to listen. And last night they watched it all go up in flames, all the way across the country.
This needs to stop. Yes, our nation has a lot of work to do with the racial divide. Racism isn't gone. You can justify it any way you want, but it isn't gone and needs to be. It is long overdue. You can point to whoever you want as the culprits of the violence, but it doesn't matter if you're just going to justify it instead of working to stop it. At the end of the day, the advances are made by the peaceful, people like Martin Luther King, Jr. You almost had the nation behind you. People were standing up. The vast majority of the country was outraged. And having that many people standing with you is hard to ignore. Then you set it on fire. Congratulations. We have to start over again because of you.
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Oh, this has been fun. While the page here hasn't been as active due to me being in law school, I am still posting news at our Facebook page. This has led to some serious insanity, and our page isn't the only one going back and forth.
For those who don't know, Eastwood backed Bloomberg in an interview with Wall Street Journal. A lot of people immediately started screaming fake news, even though every news outlet from the biggest to the smallest posted a story about it. Some people on our Facebook page actually got angry with me, I had messages sent, and some people even left the page, because how dare I.
And it is tough to believe. This is a big change for Eastwood, who has always been a big supporter of the second amendment, to back a candidate who not only supports the complete destruction of the second amendment, but aims to micromanage the lives of every American from the minute they wake up through when they are asleep. Bloomberg is possibly the closest thing to a dictator I've seen in the USA since my birth, and people are actually supporting him. For people speaking publicly, Bloomberg has already admitted to wanting to pay people to show public support of him, he's admitted to paying off "influencers," and Twitter has suspended 70+ pro-Bloomberg accounts for "platform manipulation."
This leads me to believe that Eastwood needs the money. I doubt he is doing this for free.
Anyway, there was a lite break this morning that Eastwood claimed he didn't support Bloomberg. That was also fake! Check this out:
This was posted on little cared about social media platform Parler. And it isn't a lie. The guy who runs that account is pro-Trump and doesn't support Bloomberg. It's just that the owner isn't Clint Eastwood, either.
So, drama aside for now. Clint Eastwood backed Bloomberg - for whatever reason - in a Wall Street Journal interview. You can assume why. It could be money. Could be more innocent. My dad, as an example, was a Reagan Conservative his entire life. After getting brain cancer he became a Bernie Sanders supporter. Do with that what you will.
Anyway, celebrities are entitled to support whoever they want, just like the rest of us, even if the support is most likely bought. It's Bloomberg, with everything going on with him, if I hear anyone say they support Bloomberg I assume they are getting a check. Eastwood will most likely show up in an ad or at a campaign rally to tell us all we need to support him while Bloomberg lets the ink on the check dry.
Now, back to reality and things that affect our lives.
My news feeds are full of more news about the royals.
I still don't care about the royals.
I don't have to.
We won that war.
OK, this is the updated list of who is still there... and some new people joined since the last time we did this. So, who's out next?
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