There Is No Excuse for Burning & Looting – EVER!

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Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 3.02.58 AMIf this marks me as racist, then so be it.  I’m not.  Yesterday, I wrote about evil, knowing what is good and what is evil.  Well, there is another aspect to evil is as evil does.  When a group of individuals go on a rampage, burning and looting, and destroying the businesses of people who have done nothing wrong, well that’s evil.  There is no excuse, ever.  Right is right and wrong is wrong.  I don’t care what side you are on, but to destroy, intentionally, a home or business, or even a vehicle belonging to someone who just happens to be in the right place at the right time, but is just ‘there’, is pure, dripping evil.  I don’t care what the political implications are.  I don’t care what a grand jury’s decision is, you don’t go out and burn businesses just because they are there, to make some sort of statement.

There are times when the actions of a few bad individuals are enough to taint all the good that so darn many are doing.  What happened in Ferguson Friday night was not the work of local citizenry, but by thugs intent on taking advantage of the situation.  They were criminals.  Not only did their crimes harm those businesses they looted and destroyed but every single individual in that town, who was working to prevent violence, and to change the narrative was also a victim of their criminal activity.

According to the Huffington Post, at least a dozen buildings were torched and looted, many of them local businesses.  Some were total losses.  Dozens of cars, including rows of vehicles in a car dealership were either torched or vandalized.  Anyone who thinks this is acceptable, because it is about civil rights, is a fool.  Yes – it is about civil rights – the rights of a person to own a business and not have it destroyed by a group of pissed-off hot-heads.

Huffington Post
Huffington Post

There is absolutely no excuse for this. None, none at all. The worst of it is the fact that the people doing the looting and the burning were NOT protestors.  They weren’t the people involved in the story, the people who want a better life, and ‘justice’.  They were a bunch of thugs out to destroy.  Now, on Tuesday, the day after, decent and honorable community leaders are heart-sick.  The damage done by a bunch of thugs hurts the entire conversation. It hurts everyone.  But, that’s always the way it is.

When so many businesses in an area are destroyed by different things, but are destroyed, insurance premiums go up, dramatically.  When that happens, a business must pass the cost on to their customers, causing prices to go up, and perhaps being forced to eliminate a job to cover the increases.  Quite often businesses can’t cope with the increase in costs, and opt to simply close or relocate to a safer place.  If the situation doesn’t improve, they may find their insurance is canceled, entirely.  When this happens, you either relocate, or close.  A business can’t survive in any location without certain forms of insurance.  No fire insurance and something happens, you are out of business.  I suspect, by Monday, insurance rates in Ferguson are going to go up, dramatically.  It is life.  It happens.  This time, though, those rate increases would not be due to a natural disaster, but vicious criminal actions.

Everyone loses.

Once upon a time, I knew someone who was murdered by a bad cop.  He was a good guy, doing nothing wrong, not a criminal, not even in the wrong place.  The bad cop wanted him dead.  His best friend, who tried to expose the cop was also murdered.  There was no grand jury, no justice, no hearing, no firing of the cop.  Instead the family and friends of the two men were threatened by the cop’s superiors.  Quite often, far too often, there is no ‘justice’.   The only way a family manages to over-come such horror is through forgiveness and an end to the bitterness.  If not, hatred destroys everyone around you, including a community.

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