Lead­ers of Black Lives Mat­ter shouldn’t squan­der good­will by sup­port­ing loot­ers

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

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

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