Leaders of Black Lives Matter shouldn’t squander goodwill by supporting looters
When George Floyd was summarily killed, there was an outcry around the world, and we felt a great hope that great social iniquities might finally be prioritized and solved.
Peaceful protests were everywhere. A heretofore elusive unity prevailed.
But the willful criminal behavior of looting is not a form of protest; it is not in the non-violent tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is anarchy, and it cannot be allowed in a law-abiding society, no matter the excuse. Criminal looting serves only Donald Trump’s vicious law and order agenda.
I hope the leaders of Black Lives Matter will not squander goodwill and the progress they’ve made by supporting rioting and looting in the name of “reparations.” Justice moves too slowly — that is true, but we’re getting there, and we don’t want to give Trump and his minions an excuse to send troops into our cities and arrest peaceful protesters and hoodlums alike. Carol Kraines, Deerfield