Indeed, enlightenment runs all the way to the top. They even allow “riot zones,” or, as their mayor said, “It’s a very delicate balancing act. Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on. We also gave those who wished to destroy, space to to do that as well.” I guess this is the state of the art view on riot control; so much for the days of Mayor Daley and his “shoot to maim” orders.
I note that unlike evil Ferguson, Missouri, we have lots of black faces in the city and police leadership. But there must be racism somewhere? It’s the only explanation for these events. Must. Keep. Looking.
Keeping it real for a moment, one wonders if Obama, Holder, and the media ever considered that demonizing white cops for several years running, exaggerating their misdeeds while downplaying the criminal misdeeds that attract their attention, ignoring the huge racial differences in crime that lead to more, ahem, youth encounters with cops, as well as an order of magnitude larger score of self-inflicted wounds within that community, and generally fanning the flames of discontent may have something to do with all this!?! I doubt it. We have to be sensitive, and give them–youths of indeterminate hue–their “space.”
Based on the excellent track records of David Dinkins, Harold Washington, Ray Nagin, and Birmingham’s Larry Langford, I guess this explosion of crime, fear, resentment, and mutual antipathy nationwide is just some fluke, totally unpredictable by more local encounters with Hope and Change.
Anyway, this whole situation is unpredictable and strange. We have never seen anything like it, and, but for the riot zones and the mayor’s and president’s moral clarity, Lord knows it would be worse.