Written by Kevin & Janelle Batts
The riots stemming from the death of George Floyd are a prime example of what happens when a legitimate protest is hijacked, and those who sought to honor a victim of injustice became the perpetrators of injustice themselves. Keep in mind, the vast majority of protestors were peaceful while a small minority of rioters took advantage of tension surrounding the death of George Floyd. However, evidence of Antifa has surfaced all across the United States, and in the name of justice, they’re setting fire to buildings and destroying property.
George Floyd had an entire nation on his side, and a moment that would have normally brought the country together instead has been turned into something so dark. American’s were heartbroken watching the video of George Floyd pleading with a police officer, Derek Chauvin, who was sworn to protect him.
The Attack on Business
What has bothered me most is the destruction of businesses at the hands of professional protestors. I struggle to find the connection between protesting for justice and terrorizing places of business.
The truth? There is no legitimate relationship between those two things.
Sure, places like Target have insurance, but insurance won’t help those who are now unemployed. The majority of businesses targeted by these rioters were local businesses. Woke Twitter is perfectly fine with riots. Just researching for this video, I had no problem finding an endless supply of Tweets endorsing these terrible acts.
Left-wing anarchists have infiltrated these protests, and this predicament hasn’t gone unnoticed by some Black Lives Matter protestors. These white liberals that are roaming black neighborhoods under the guise of helping black people are burning down their communities.
Enablers of rioting have even attempted to make the case that Martin Luther King would endorse this tactic ignoring the fact that Dr. King was strictly nonviolence. The one question I want answered by the advocates of violence is how many businesses have to be destroyed to atone for the ultimate injustice of murder? The list of businesses that have been looted vandalized and destroyed is endless.
People that live in these communities have spoken out in dismay after places they patronize for food medicine and other essentials lay in ruins.
I say again, how many people have to become victims to atone for the death of George Floyd? You don’t solve an injustice by perpetuating more injustices.
The response from elected officials has been equally surprising and also appalling.
The president caused a stir when accurately described the rioters as thugs. Let’s be clear burning down affordable housing that mainly housed disabled and elderly people of color is thuggish behavior. Assaulting or killing people you are tasked with serving is thuggish behavior. Using a legitimate protest to steal is thuggish behavior.
This also ignores the fact that former president Barack Obama also called rioters thugs while serving in office.
What Gives Me Hope
Once again, amidst the chaos, you can find unity and understanding while watching American constituents try to be a voice of reason. We must not overlook the fact that most people who took to the streets were mostly peaceful protesters.
Ultimately what this country needs is love.
The type of love whos only equivalent is the power of the atomic bomb.
What is love? It’s patient, kind, it does not envy, boast, and is not proud. Love does not dishonor others, it’s not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not rejoice in anger but rejoices in the truth. It protects trust and always preserves.
Martin Luther King expanded on the power of love and power during a powerful sermon.
"What happened is that some of our philosophers got off base. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites - polar opposites - so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. It was this misinterpretation that caused Nietzsche, who was a philosopher of the will to power, to reject the Christian concept of love. It was this same misinterpretation which induced Christian theologians to reject the Nietzschean philosophy of the will to power in the name of the Christian idea of love. Now, we've got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."
One of my greatest struggles through this…just a few weeks ago, business owners were being arrested for reopening, and this week, anarchists are destroying businesses. I despise the deep-seated hypocrisy of people that parade themselves as purveyors of justice…and they’re hollow…their promises are hollow…black Americans…democrat voters as a whole have been sold the idea that the democrat party is actually for them. They capitalize on pain.
They capitalize on real pain in these communities, and they forget them when they’re done weaponizing their wound. Here’s my question? Do people that want justice for you send paid demonstrators into your cities and destroy your livelihood? Do people that want justice to encourage violence so that the entire world believes you’re incapable of communicating what you feel? And further still, instead of encouraging black communities to come to the table and begin a dialogue with law enforcement and government leaders, The democrat party and their toxic leadership have been sowing seeds of discord for years, and now they’re reaping the harvest…and it’s a whirlwind. I pray that what we’ve witnessed in this nation will cause a revolution of love and truth like we have never seen.