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Two Cents @twocents

@cheech-presley no this violence does not solve anything. I’m watching the protests now. I feel terrible for the family, terrible for the business owners in Ferguson, and so angry at the people protesting violently.

Setting buildings on fire is not the answer. Looting is not the answer. This is absolutely out of control.

Look at this:

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Julia Wotten @juliaw

@cheech-presley I think the people are so distraught they don’t know what to do. They are filled with some much anger and intense sadness that they are just lashing out at anything they can.

I don’t think the rioting helps their cause, although it does bring attention to the completely unjust situation happening right now. A young man was killed, unarmed, by a police officer. In a community where police brutality seems to be the norm.

Listen to the despair in this community, this is the mother of Michael Brown after the verdict was announced. Its so sad.

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Two Cents @twocents

@cheech-presley @juliaw and for anyone reading this thread: please, read all of the documents released by the Grand Jury. Especially if you disagree with the verdict. How can you disagree if you don’t even know how they came to their decision?

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Coffee Addict @coffeeaddict

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Coffee Addict @coffeeaddict

This is NYC after the no indictment of Darren Wilson announcement:

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Coffee Addict @coffeeaddict

This is Michael Brown’s stepdad yelling “Burn this BITCH down.” Well, they sure did.

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Jordan Bosstick @jordan-bosstick

@cheech-presley @juliaw @coffeeaddict this is probably the most gnarly thing I’ve seen:

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Two Cents @twocents

Members of Congress are now putting their hands up. So ridiculous.

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Since the time of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, there have been riots filled with pillaging and plundering, death and destruction. That’s what they have done every time something happens that may or may not be real. In all those past decades until now, that’s what they have done, but nothing has ever changed.

It is said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

I don’t think that the ones doing the looting are hurt and confused and just looking to strike out against something, I think they are opportunists who have just been waiting for the right moment to make their big score.

The ones who are peacefully protesting are the ones hurting. But they are repeating what had been done in the past. It didn’t work then, it’s not working now, so why keep doing it? Why not try a different tack, have the NAACP keep a special fund set aside to have lawyers on retainer to go to these grand jury hearings and report back so the information can be spread through the black community, what the facts were and why the grand jury came to the decision they did. Mind you these lawyers would have to be able to look at the information unbaisedly, or it would be all for naught.

I’m glad I don’t have to be a policeman in a large city. Even if your right, you’re wrong.

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Here is a list of a few of the usual race riots in the USA held in the last 100 years.

You asked if the rioting has helped or hurt, I don’t know but a race riot is certainly a frequent community event.

What do you think? Are you better off for the long history of community riots?

1917: East St. Louis Riot

1917: Chester, Pennsylvania

1917: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1917: Houston Riot

Red Summer of 1919
1919: Washington, D.C.
1919: Chicago Race Riot of 1919
1919: Omaha Race Riot of 1919
1919: Charleston, South Carolina
1919: Longview, Texas
1919: Knoxville Riot of 1919
1919: Elaine Race Riot

1921: Tulsa race riot (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

1923: Rosewood massacre (Rosewood, Florida)

1927: Yakima Valley Anti-Filipino Riot

1928: Wenatchee Valley Anti-Filipino Riot

1929: Exeter Anti-Filipino Riot

1930: Watsonville Anti-Filipino Riots, which inspired race riots in San Francisco, Salinas and San Jose and attacks elsewhere.

1935: Harlem Riot of 1935

1943: Detroit Race Riot

1943: Beaumont Race Riot of 1943

1943: Harlem Riot of 1943

1943: Zoot Suit Riots

Postwar era: 1946 – 1954

1946: Columbia, Tennessee Riot

1949: Peekskill Riots

1951: Cicero Race Riot in Illinois

Civil Rights and Black Power Movement’s Period: 1955 – 1977

1958: Battle of Hayes Pond (Maxton, North Carolina)

1963: Birmingham Riot of 1963, Birmingham, Alabama

1963: Cambridge riot of 1963 (Cambridge, Maryland)

1963: Lexington Riot, Lexington, North Carolina

1964: Harlem Riot of 1964 (Harlem neighborhood, Manhattan, New York City)

1964: Rochester riot (Rochester, New York)

1964: Philadelphia 1964 race riot (North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

1965: Watts Riots (Watts neighborhood, Los Angeles, California)

1966: Division Street Riots (Humboldt Park neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois)

1966: Hough Riots (Hough community, Cleveland, Ohio)

1966: North Omaha, Nebraska (North Omaha community, Omaha, Nebraska)

Long Hot Summer of 1967

1967: Tampa riots, (Tampa, Florida)

1967: Texas Southern University Riot (Houston, Texas)

1967: 1967 Detroit riot (Detroit, Michigan)

1967: Buffalo riot (Buffalo, New York)

1967: Milwaukee Riot (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

1967: Minneapolis North Side Riots (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

1967: 1967 Newark riots (Newark, New Jersey)

1967: Plainfield riots (Plainfield, New Jersey)

Protests of 1968

1968: Orangeburg massacre (Orangeburg, South Carolina)

1968: Nationwide riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1968: Baltimore riot of 1968 (Baltimore, Maryland)

1968: Chicago (April 1968) (Chicago, Illinois)

1968: Louisville riots of 1968 (Louisville, Kentucky)

1968: 1968 Washington, D.C. riots (Washington, D.C.)

1969: 1969 York Race Riot (York, Pennsylvania)

1970: May 11th Race Riot (Augusta, Georgia)

1970: Jackson State killings (Jackson, Mississippi)

1971: Camden Riots (Camden, New Jersey)

1972-1977: Escambia High School riots (Pensacola, Florida)

1975: Chaffey High School Race Riot enhanced by local sniper (Ontario, California)

Post Civil Rights Era: 1978 to today

1978: Houston’s Moody Park on the first anniversary of Joe Campos Torres death.

1980: Miami Riots (Miami, Florida)

1980: Chattanooga Riot (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

1984: Lawrence, Massachusetts Race Riot: A small scale riot centered at the intersection of Haverhill and railroad streets between working class whites and Hispanics; several buildings were destroyed by Molotov cocktails; August 8, 1984.

1989: Overtown Riot (Miami, FL) In a reaction to the shooting of a black motorcyclist by a Hispanic police officer in the predominately black community of Overtown in Miami, residents rioted for two nights. The officer was later found guilty of manslaughter.

1991: Crown Heights riot (Crown Heights neighborhood, Brooklyn, New York City)

1992: Los Angeles Riots (Los Angeles, California): In a reaction to the acquittal of all four LAPD officers involved in the videotaped beating of Rodney King and the murder of Latasha Harlins; riots broke out mainly involving black youths in the black neighborhoods and shop owners in Korean neighborhoods, but overall rioting was mainly to get out the frustrations of the racial groups over the racial tensions that were building in the South Central neighborhood for years.

1996: St. Petersburg Riots (St. Petersburg, Florida): After Officer Jim Knight stopped 18 yr. old Tyron Lewis for speeding, his car lurched forward and Knight fired his weapon, fatally wounding the black teenager. Riots broke out and lasted for about 2 days.

2001: Cincinnati riots (Cincinnati, Ohio): In a reaction to the fatal shooting of an unarmed young black male, Timothy Thomas by Cincinnati police officer Steven Roach, during a foot pursuit, riots broke out over the span of a few days.

2003: Benton Harbor riots (Benton Harbor, Michigan)

2005: 2005 Toledo Riot (Toledo, Ohio): A race riot that broke out after a planned Neo-Nazi protest march through a black neighborhood.

2006: Fontana High School riot (Fontana, California): Riot involving about 500 Latino and black students.

2006: Prison Race Riots (California): A war between Latino and black prison gangs set off a series of riots across California.

2008: Locke High School riot (Los Angeles, California)

2009: 2009 Oakland Riots (Oakland, California): Peaceful protests turned into rioting after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Oscar Grant, by a BART transit policeman.

2014: Shooting of Michael Brown, later riots break out after the shooting was believed to be racially motivated.

There is also a list of the riots that were celebrated during the 19th century.

One thing I am sure of – the riots will continue just as surely as spring follows winter. I don’t believe that there is any real intention to do anything other than have a community riot event. Check the dates – it usually warm weather and the living is easy. Great time to have a riot.

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