Minneapolis On Fire…     by    Rory Andes

As I’m watching the destruction of a police station and the surrounding neighborhood tonight by rioters, I can’t help but wonder just how much of this wasn’t needed. The anger needs to be there, but not the destruction. The video of George Floyd’s murder (manslaughter at its lightest) should have the officers that killed him in confinement. I know people here in prison that were in confinement and convicted on far less. The videos tell Mr Floyd’s story. Arrest those errant officers. However, don’t burn down the city that you live in. That’s not a source of justice. Not for anyone.

But this flash point speaks to what it means to not just be black in America, but certainly poor also. Face it, Ben Carson, Shaq, or Kanye will never die with a Minneapolis officer’s knee in their neck, while handcuffed and begging for over five minutes, for forging a check. They won’t. But then again, they aren’t poor either. The clash between a system for the police and the poor is the same regardless of race or location. Arrogance and bad decisions by the system’s leaders put the poor in an unjust situation. The store owners who’s stores are on fire, the families, Mr Floyd… they all lost to a system that protects some and not others.

While I’m watching this neighborhood burn, I realize the pain of when justice falls short. This situation never needed to be this way. I hope they arrest the officers, and now the rioters, and find justice for that community and George Floyd, the way it should have been done from the start. They way it should be done for anyone…

by Rory Andes

When it’s wrong, it’s wrong. Be accountable regardless of who you are…

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