I've been drafting a post on how I use Facebook for a while now. One thing I do a lot: Unfollow people. I want to continue thinking all my friends are smart. [They are all smart, and I don't want to deceive myself.]
A couple people caught the unfollow button today for sharing the below image, from Stanley Roberts, one of those dudes who shoots "look at these jackasses" segments for local TV - in his case, a MyNetworkTV station in San Francisco. I doubt Roberts made the image.
Isn't that just awful? I was curious - I'm always curious - so I looked it up. That image is from LA after the Lakers won an NBA title in 2009.
Stanley Roberts and his ilk never seem to shake their heads as much about post because we're more comfortable seeing property destruction/theft in the name of civic pride and drunken stupidity than in the name of rage and pain.
Never mind all the evidence that the game is rigged and Ferguson, St. Louis, and Missouri police have conspired to create a really looting-friendly environment. Never mind that Trymaine Lee reported protesters preventing looting in August:
We've set up a terrible system - where it's always incumbent upon the oppressed community to "say they care" in an acceptable way after and during state-sponsored abuse. ['State-sponsored abuse' isn't my term, it's the New York Times'.] That's a trap. Candlelight vigils don't get attention. Riots do, and looting is a byproduct of riots, and I'm tempted to drop that one MLK quote here.
America loves itself some riots and looting, when the right folks are doing it. Tut-tutting the minority of looters when there's a huge majority of nonviolent, non-looting protesters is a derail. A cheap, smug way to duck out of looking in the mirror.
None of the people who I saw share Roberts' photo had posted about Ferguson before.