Heather Mac Donald, as usual, does the best analysis of the current situation in our cities:
Savagery is spreading with lightning speed across the United States, with murderous assaults on police officers and civilians and the ecstatic annihilation of businesses and symbols of the state. Welcome to a real civilization-destroying pandemic, one that makes the recent saccharine exhortations to “stay safe” and the deployment of police officers to enforce outdoor mask-wearing seem like decadent bagatelles.
This pandemic of civil violence is more widespread than anything seen during the Black Lives Matter movement of the Obama years, and it will likely have an even deadlier toll on law enforcement officers than the targeted assassinations we saw from 2014 onward. It’s worse this time because the country has absorbed another five years of academically inspired racial victimology. From Ta-Nehisi Coates to the New York Times’s 1619 project, the constant narrative about America’s endemic white supremacy and its deliberate destruction of the “black body” has been thoroughly injected into the political bloodstream.
Once the violence began, any effort to “understand” it should have stopped, since that understanding is inevitably exculpatory. The looters are not grieving over the stomach-churning arrest and death of George Floyd; they are having the time of their lives. You don’t protest or mourn a victim by stealing oxycontin, electronics, jewelry, and sneakers.
So, given that the government is proving itself to be a bunch of craven cowards who are unwilling to keep the peace and enforce the law, will we see more of this? (First pic via Reader Ignore Amos and the second from Reader Old Texan.)
And so far — so far — nobody’s dropped the hammer (at least, not on our side). At some point, however, this may change.
The only problem is that this is precisely what these pricks want: martyrs to the Cause. So by throwing down on these anarchists, Marxists and looters, we’d be playing into their hands.
At some point however, and I suspect we may be fast approaching that point, nobody’s going to care about that. And then:
Then, martyrs will not be a problem. They’ll have plenty. In the meantime, however:
It may be time to start getting serious around here…