Dictionary.com defines “wonder” as to “desire or be curious to know something.” That sounds like my permanent state of being!
Tonight I am filled with wonder as to how looting and violence can possibly be an effective response to anything at all. I understand demonstrations; I have even taken part in a few (remember, I’m a child of the 60’s). But never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that robbing and then setting fire to my neighborhood pharmacy would have been any viable solution to my problems.
I am heartsick tonight as I look at pictures and videos of these thugs destroying their city, and I am worried about several of my “imaginary friends” that I have met online, women who call Baltimore and its suburbs home. How does this help? How does this convince police officers that they shouldn’t assume Black men are causing trouble that needs to be met with violence? And what messages did the mayor give when she talked about “giving them space” for violence?
The only bright spot for me in the coverage of this disaster is the video that has gone viral of a mom who spotted her son in the news coverage and proceeded to smack the tar out of him for looting. I found myself cheering her on…all the while feeling such sadness and anger that her actions were necessary.
Tonight my prayers will be for the citizens and first-responders of Baltimore and its surrounding communities, prayers for safety and a quick resolution to the idiocy that has taken hold in their city. I wonder how long it will take for things to return to normal.