Baltimore is burning as I write, the streets are filled with rioters and police. They don’t seem to be “clashing” much, however. Photographs show looters looting, and cops standing around. The black lady mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake … made a statement that, in the interests of the demonstrators’ “free speech” rights, she had told the Baltimore PD to “give those who wished to destroy space to do that.”
Nothing says ‘free speech’ like torching a city to the ground. (Shouting “fire” in a crowded cinema might be irresponsible, but burning the cinema to the ground is political art.)
In Defense of Looting (seriously), from August last year.
David Simon politely asks everyone to “please stop”. Good luck with that.
Western civilization is so over.
— SMR×乃木栄⊿ (@NogiRx) April 28, 2015
ADDED: (Passed along without comment)
The riot-shaming is getting old. Burning things down has always had a place historically. I wish ppl on would quit pretending otherwise.
— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) April 28, 2015
ADDED: “Baltimore’s violent protestors are right …” … “As a nation, we fail to comprehend Black political strategy in much the same way we fail to recognize the value of Black life. …”