Let's just for now forget about property damage caused by riots, and focus on why people are screaming and rioting. The kind of rage we see did not start last year. It is part of our heritage but everytime its explodes people begin talking in platitudes with a lot of tinges of "us and them" thinking. Some people call out the root cause treating others as less than and denying them the full benefits of the law and life in the beginning, but pretty soon that discourse gets replaced by discussions of property damage. In essence the property damages eclipses the human damage that caused the eruption. People start to blame, which reinforces their prejudices about the eruption caused by their prejudices. It's time we stop this cycle of hate.
As Pink Floyd sings:
Us (us, us, us, us) and them (them, them, them, them), And after all we're only ordinary men, Me And you (you, you, you), God only knows, It's not what we would choose (choose, choose) to do (to do, to do) ...
Haven't you heard it's a battle of words, The poster bearer cried, "Listen son", said the man with the gun, There's room for you inside
"I mean, they're not gonna kill ya, So if you give 'em a quick short, sharp, shock, They won't do it again. Dig it?
I mean he get off lightly, 'cause I would've given him a thrashing, I only hit him once! It was only a difference of opinion, but really, I mean good manners don't cost nothing do they, eh?"
Down (down, down, down, down), And out (out, out, out, out), It can't be helped that there's a lot of it about, With (with, with, with), without, And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about?Out of the way, It's a busy day,I've got things on my mind, For the want of the price Of tea and a slice, The old man died