The riots in London began due to stop and frisks, cut backs in benefits, high unemployment rates and high tuitions in education. As seen and heard in the video it is clear how angry the participants of the riots were. The government and police constantly disrespected the English citizens by stopping and frisking them. Blacks were targeted the most, they’re skin color was associated with criminology. The police was abusing their authority by harassing and stereo typing. All of this unfair treatment led to the break out of the riots which mainly targeted the police and government, the rioters wanted “pay back.” Maybe the riots weren’t the best way because innocent people were hurt but that’s what has to be done for the citizens in London had to do to be respected. These riots are an example of Merton’s social theory to react impulsively, without self control due to issues caused by the police and government. Even though violence is not the answer, these citizens felt like they were given an other choice than to react in riots.
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