Don't Loot and Don't Shoot
OUR VIEW: Speech and action, not looting.
Criminal charges have been filed against four men in connection with an in-custody death in Minneapolis. Criminal charges have been filed against three men in connection with a citizen-arrest death in Brunswick, Georgia. The courts will render decisions in these and other cases.
Already these actions are condemned in the court of public opinion, by almost everyone. Across the United States, a groundswell of support and unity has grown steadily and, now, as we continue into June, the worst of a violent side to protests against violence seems to be subsiding; organizers are trying to prevent looters from taking advantage of volatile situations. Peaceful protest and, yes, some civil disobedience, which is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, seems to be prevailing.
The Clinton Chronicle applauds this action. We applaud the police who have responded to the invitations to “walk with us.” We applaud the keep-cool of first responders who have been placed in very difficult situations. We applaud the religious leaders who remind us, every day, to Love One Another.
As people work to ease tension, we know that there is a great need in our nation today for Racial Reconciliation. Our college campuses, certainly, can be great starting points when they re-open this summer, even as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have “think tanks” throughout the Nation and World that can delve into the underlying causes of our unrest. People have a chance to make their feelings known at the polls this November.
We condemn, in no uncertain terms, the taking of life and the destruction of property in response to social problems, even injustice. We support, in no uncertain terms, equal opportunity and the chance for everyone to grow to his and her full potential. We need to be more supportive of schools, we need to be more supportive of business, we need to be more supportive of our family structures - it’s not all about “me, me, me” - it is all about “we.”
So, don’t loot and don’t shoot. And we can all come out of this summer of discontent and disease, alive.