"Peaceful Protests": Riots and Looting

America is on fire.

There’s a certain group of people that seem to misunderstand the meaning and purpose of holding protests. And it’s not just in the US, it’s everywhere. Stupidity has no geographic confines.

What’s the purpose of a protest? I’ve never participated in any protest so I’ll try to rationalize and guess why an average person would protest. Clearly the only reason why someone would take time off their day to go and march on the streets with a bunch of strangers, holding signs, shouting slogans and gathering in crowds, is to let their voices be heard – give the government an indication of what the citizens want and see that changes are made within the system. In summary, the citizens want justice. They want things to done the right way. They want the government to take tangible action for the benefit of the common man.

I do understand the anger these people feel when somebody from within the government’s jurisdictions commits a crime and isn’t punished fairly.

The people want real action to be taken. They want criminals to be hanged. They want offenders behind bars. They want corruption out of the system. Ideally, there should be fairness and equal justice for all. No special treatment or favors for anyone. Nobody is above the other.

Over the last decade of my adult life, I’ve noticed a common theme amongst all protests. They always start out peacefully, with people marching on the streets, yelling and holding signs. And as the crowd grows larger, it quickly descends into a riot. People starts throwing random objects, then breaking windows, jumping on cars, setting things on fire, and looting random shops.

I don’t think there’s a single protest/riot in the last decade which has successfully accomplished it’s mission. Name one. You go ahead. Tell me I’m wrong and do some research for me. Tell me what the average citizen achieved from a riot in the city.

I find these protests, marches and riots to be counterproductive. Yeah, the people see you, they read your message, but nothing’s ever going to change. Nobody’s interested in your message. Perhaps that’s because there are better ways to deliver the message. Perhaps there’s smarter ways to get things done.

One thing that I can guarantee is that the government doesn’t care about your protests. Nobody in the government’s losing sleep over your protests except maybe the cops, who quite frankly, are mostly regular hardworking citizens just like everybody else. Just like you’ve got some jerk in your office, the police department’s got some jerks in theirs. But people always want to policize everything. That’s why no intelligent man would want to be a cop. Being a cop is for people who suck at everything else, and don’t have much of an option to begin with. Sounds just like every other job else, quite frankly. There’s not many people who have settled down with a career that they really hoped for. Majority of the people are stuck in their careers for various reasons. If they had better options and the opportunity, they wouldn’t be doing what do now. I’m pretty sure if a man had the choice of becoming a cop or becoming a mayor, he’d definitely go for the higher rank. Who’d want to remain a menial public servant when they could become a boss?

There’s a specific kind of people who always turn a protest into a dangerous riot with lootings and arson involved. These are not people with a very high IQ to begin with, and there’s a 100% likelihood that they come from broken homes, minimum wage and poor neighborhoods. The rich people don’t go around breaking windows, looting stores, and setting cars on fire. The middle class citizens probably own most of the stores and cars that are vandalized during these riots. That leaves the third class – the less privileged, poor, uneducated, rowdy, unruly, folks from the ghettos.

Every time I watch these riots, I think of the environmental impact and the economic impact. The burning of vehicles, trash cans and buildings releases a lot of toxic gases and particulates into the atmosphere. And the damage caused on the streets, buildings, stores etc is something that the local population will have to bear. Clearly, the rioters don’t care about this and are selfishly interested in stealing and wrecking havoc.

Some people just want to see the world burn. All they need is an excuse to light the fire.

There’s a lot of money, skills and energy that goes into building a nation. The fact that a group of people would be willing to burn it all down for nothing is just ridiculous.

The only solution is to get a philosophical discussion with the parties involved. The outcome should be tangible changes and feasible actions.

You can’t demand justice by committing a crime.

It is a slightly complicated issue, but it’s not rocket science. We need intelligent minds capable of identifying problems, providing solutions and executing actions.

41M jobless people in America. How many of those were involved in these “peaceful protests”? I don’t have a job. But I wouldn’t be arsed to go out there for some protests during a pandemic. How many working people took their time off to go and protest? How many working people who love their job would take time off to go and protest? How many people believe that protests work? What kind of positive outcome has been achieved by any protest? These are just questions I ponder on. The more I think about it, the less I want to think about it. I’m going to stop thinking now.