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I doubt much will ever change until the thugs and hoodlums stop looting, burning and murdering innocent folks. I doubt sensible people approve of this mess. Protesting is fine, crime is not.
And until people in positions of institutionalized power, such as police officers, stop murdering citizens. The forum was a call to address the causes and effects of systemic racism. I can guarantee nothing will change until serious attempts are made, and clear results are seen, toward this end. Violence, such as we see in the rioting, is of course not a constructive means to this end; neither is ignoring and perpetuating the violence against people of color by law enforcement agents.
This nation has been a powder keg since Trump and his deliberate divisive behavior was elected and the civil unrest is hard to quell once it has been reached. I hope this can be resolved peacefully but I expect the continued divisions and "law and order" tough stances will cause more mayhem than it prevents because it is seen as an escalation. A good leader would be speaking of unity and change but Trump is a failed leader. It is up to local leaders to step up and be the change that is needed.
The nation has been a powder keg even before Trump. There was Ferguson in 2014-15 and 2015 in Baltimore for Freddie Gray, and we can go back a century. Obama didn't really bring the nation together during those although he tried his best, but at least he didn't make it worst as Trump is doing.
The changes in regards to policing and opportunity gaps will take time to implement and that is why the work must start as soon as possible. Still, the looting and rioting needs to be stopped immediately. I think the rioters are comprised different groups, fed up people (which is understandable), but also bad actors with their own agendas (ANTIFA and white supremacists).
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