Post #5: Reaction to Darcus Howe BBC news interview

The news media refers to the events that occured in England as a “riot”. Riot implying that the events that occured were just a violent, public disorder with no justification. Darcus Howe refers to the events as an “insurrection”. Insurrection meaning an act of revolt. He pretty much said that it is not surprised that the “riots” occured because of the way the governemnt is treating it’s people. People are sick of being stopped and frisked and are sick of the abuse of power by the government and police. If the police are going to treat citizens that way, then a “riot” or “insurrection” (however you want to look at it) will occur regardless if it’s right or wrong. It is 100% expected for the citizens to speak up and let the government know that they are not okay with what is happening. Up to a certain point, people get fed up and act out in whatever manor they feel fit.

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2 responses to “Post #5: Reaction to Darcus Howe BBC news interview

  1. Clear and well-argued, your post reminded me of this from Martin Luther King, Jr, a few weeks before his death: “It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.”

    Here’s an interesting article: ‘Riot is the language of the unheard’
    What MLK would have said about the London riots http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/riot-is-the-language-of-the-unheard-what-mlk-would-have-said-about-the-london-riots/

  2. It was a very interesting interview. The news lady would not let the man speak ebcause she knew he was saying the truth. WHat the man was saying was absoulelty right. The kids that participated int he riots warned the English government but no one listened. They pushed society to the edge which started a massaive riot. The massive riot might not have fixed anythign but it definately gave the government of Englland a clear taste of their own blood and they showed the government that citizens should have more rights than people in uniform and should be treated with respect.

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