Earlier on FB, I commented on a post about George Floyd's murder and I used the Rodney King incident in LA and the Watts riots as a comparison.
What I didn't realize at the time was that while they were similar, they were completely 180 degrees different, due to the times.
Number 1, the Watts riots were pure rage by blacks, because even though they were filmed beating Mr. King, the cops were found not guilty. But that was blacks doing the rioting, the violence.
Number 2 The demonstrations now are due to the fact that Derrick Chauvin, a Minneapolis cop suffocated and cut off George Floyd's carotid artery with what is referred to as a carotid block while people were begging for mercy for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, which is the time it took to kill him, all the while being recorded and witnessed by bystanders who knew George. This was murder. Rodney King was just beaten with batons.
But this is many years later and times have changed.
Donald tRump has let the dogs loose and they are trying to get past the gate! White Nationalists have co-opted these protests and are doing the looting and rioting because of White Power. They cannot allow blacks and other minorities to become the majority with power over them, so they cause hatred towards these calm groups. I'm not by any means saying that there may not be groups in the black community too, but most have been documented as started by white extremists. And the ones with full shopping carts are white!
Police who know what they are doing, rather than these assholes who must show "dominance" as tRump so proudly said, are laying down their weapons, their shields, and walking and talking to the protestors. This not only builds trust in each other, but it avoids escalation of a situation where people could be hurt or killed.
These are trying times for everyone, but a minor few are taking advantage of the situation to further their agenda of separatism. They want a white nation to stay the way it has been for centuries. That's just not going to work any longer!
Multi-billionaires may have all the gold and the power, but if enough people stay together this time, we can bring down the house of cards and expose it for what it is, GREED.
As always may you find peace within yourself.