What we are seeing for the past few days in the United States are not protests anymore. It’s chaos, anarchy, and civil unrest.
It’s not about George Floyd anymore. Now it’s more of the destruction of properties, theft, looting, vandalism, and acts of violence in land of the free.
Protests have popped up in Philadelphia and other cities in response to the Minneapolis death of George Floyd, who died in police custody after an officer appeared to pin him by the neck to the ground with a knee for more than eight minutes in an incident caught on video.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Police Department said almost 700 arrests had been made, most of them for things like curfew violations and failure to disburse.
At least 186 people were arrested in connection with looting and burglaries and 10 for alleged assaults on police officers.
“People my age knew about the Rodney King thing, and things started to happen. People was looting, setting fires, damaging people’s homes, businesses, stuff like that.
“And now we have this incident. I think someone needs to come out and say, ‘Hey guys, why are we looting? Why are we stealing? Why are we creating more issues, more problems, stuff like that. Let’s get to the head of what’s really going on,’” said former NBA frontman Dennis Rodman.
“This is a bad, bad situation,” he said. “You’ve got to protest in the right way. You don’t have to go and burn down things, steal things, burn things and stuff like that. We’ve always got to keep things together. We’ve got enough issues with this COVID virus right now. We’ve got enough issues. But for this right here to happen right now, it just adds to it.”
Rodman added that the riots will make make economic development in the black community more difficult.
“We’re not f—ing animals. We are human beings.”