Riots in the Streets of Oakland,Ca 2009

I have never been one for violence and destruction in the manner in which a mob let lose on a city and it’s citizens.  It only makes matters worse and doesn’t solve the underlying issues of why you are mad in the first place.  With that being said,  the injustices and wrongful deaths that bring such mobs to the point of violence and destruction can some what be understood.  It’s not like we invented protest and demonstrations that turn into angry mobs, this shit has been going on since the beginning of time.  It’s when a group of people get tire of being tire and lash out at the injustices, the system and sometimes even themselves to prove a point and get some frustrations off their chest.  When things like this happen we have to understand that more than likely someone has lost their lives for something that was not right or some type of injustice has been committed.  Is it right?  No.  Not by a long shot, but it lets the world know that people do care about something.  People just want to be treated right, that’s it.  People want to feel like they belong somewhere, like they are a part of something bigger than themselves and if they can’t be accept just by being who they are then they lash out, protest and demonstrate and mob the city.

For those who equate property damage to the reasons why people mob, let’s think for a second.  I would rather have lost my car by fire bomb, than to have lost my life to a senseless act of racism or stupidity.  There’s no comparison, I do feel for all of you how did lose some personal property, but you are alive and well and can get that stuff again.  You can’t get another life.

For Johannes Mehserle, I don’t know if you tried to leave me a comment about my blog, but it was the written text I had wrote in my blog where your comment was suppose to be.  If you want to say something, I will post it and reply.  However, I do feel that all of this could have been avoided if you would have came out and express your remorse for your actions.  I know you are trying to protect your family and all, but the crime has been done and a life has been lost.  How do we move on from this?  You accepting responsibility would have been a good start.  I don’t know how you feel or who you are listening to, but whoever it is they are dropping the ball on this one and now it’s national.  In the event that you are brought up on criminal charges, don’t you think it would have went a long way if you would have came and made a statement expressing your remorse and devastation?  No, what did you do, you retired and retreated, great.

Coverage of the shooting, the mayor and the riots here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a/2009/01/07/MN2N155CN1.DTL&o=0

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2 Responses to “Riots in the Streets of Oakland,Ca 2009”

  1. Today is a somber day, it’s like “so close, yet so far away” Weeks away from the inaguration of the First Black President, black me are still being killed by the police, while the police get a free ride. This reminds me a tad of the civil rights movement, and the Rodney King riots not much but some, where all we want is for our voices to be heard and to take a stand for the right to be Black in America without being profiled, mauled, beaten, killed by the police. I can’t justify what the people are doing but I have felt the same rage in my heart knowing that an unarmed man can be killed in cold blood and get away with it. The feeling is that it could be any one of us and that, if anything, is disheartening. What are we to do?

  2. hey sis, thanks for the response. to answer your question what are we to do, it’s simple…. keep fighting, keep struggle and keep moving forward.

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