OPINION: Rioting and Burning Down America is Indefensible on All Levels

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Over the past several nights in America, there has been unspeakable behavior on the streets of this country. Riots, vandalism, looting, and the burning of police cars, buildings, businesses, and more have taken place. Furthermore, rioters have attacked not only brick and mortar, but also other human beings.

People who choose to engage in violence, arson, and other destructive behaviors call themselves doing so in the name of George Floyd. As virtually everyone in the states knows, a police officer unjustly murdered Floyd on Monday by kneeling on his neck, obstructing his ability to breathe, and ignoring his pleas.

Since this event, the police officer has face arrest and criminal charges. However, rioters, looters, and destructive individuals have still chosen to take to the streets and quite literally burn cities down. This will not bring back George Floyd and moreover, there is absolutely no defense for the riots America has witnessed.

Stop Defending the Indefensible

When riots first began, many Democrats outrightly excused them. They alleged that “systemic racism” and additional perceived wrongs justified the looting and burning of businesses and other places like police precincts, city halls, etc. This is morbidly laughable. Setting cities ablaze is not only criminal and destructive, but it also places countless other innocent lives in danger.

After a few nights of riots, some Democrat leaders and even certain entertainers like Killer Mike and T.I. began urging people to stop burning cities down. Unfortunately, the mob didn’t listen. With each passing night, violence has escalated. Last night, footage surfaced online of a Texas mob beating a man nearly to death for attempting to defend his business from looters.

At this point, the individuals who have egged on and justified the burning of America have blood on their hands. It is time to stop enabling this evil conduct. Just about everyone in this nation has acknowledged the wrongness of George Floyd’s murder.

However, the murder of Floyd does not entitle people to endanger other people’s lives and livelihood by torching cities and buildings; it does not entitle them to beat up folks on the streets and leave them for dead.

As previously stated, there is no excuse for what has happened on the streets of America over these past several nights. Each and every rioter, looter, and arsonist needs to be brought up on criminal charges. With so much footage and videos of the riots online, surely law enforcement can do their jobs; they can find at least some of these people and hold them legally accountable.

Burning down America will not bring back George Floyd. The officer who murdered him is fired, in police custody, and criminally charged. Enough is enough.