As the Riots Continue

Last night I watched national news coverage of the Protests/Riots across the country, while today I watched more of the local news.

Some immediate thoughts:

  • Everyone I’ve spoken with is unified in their abhorrence of the horrible policeman who killed Mr. George Floyd. That’s the positive. Decades ago this view would not have been widespread.
  • I’m glad that my nephew who lives near the first Target to get torched in Minneapolis is now staying at his roommate’s parents’ house in the suburbs.
  • Last night I was disappointed with how often CNN sympathized with the rioters who clearly weren’t “peaceful protestors.” You could see them lighting things on fire and throwing things and CNN would continue to paint them in a favorable light.
  • I saw on Twitter that three different gangs in Pilsen, Little Village and Back of the Yards told the police that they’d protect their neighborhood businesses. That sure sounds like vigilante justice may be in the offing. I’m not sure whether the police backed down.
  • It’s troubling that so little is known about these people who come from other towns or states to “protest.” I believe some are with Antifa, but who pays them and what other groups are similar? Will designating Antifa, etc. a terrorist group mean that if a person donates to them, they could be arrested? I hope so. 
  • It’s sad to see the videos of Black people imploring white vandals who’re spray painting BLM and such on businesses, imploring them to stop as the graffiti is marring the Black people’s community. These vandals aren’t protesting and they disrespect the woman. They’ll tire of their protest and move back to their hometowns and enjoy their favorite café will look fine.

Pentecost by Kid Catholic

Pentecost is one of the most important holidays for Christians, though it isn’t as well celebrated because it isn’t commercialized the way Christmas and Easter are. I’m actually glad it’s simply spiritual though it would be great if more people understood Pentecost and celebrated it.