By Matt Purple
It was a funny thing over the weekend. You could turn on CNN and find officials deploring the violence in Minneapolis. You could hear rapper Killer Mike exhorting his fellow Atlantans “to be better than burning down our own homes.” You could listen to George Floyd’s girlfriend, who said that seeing Minneapolis in flames would have devastated her slain beau.
And then you could log on to Facebook and find people lionizing the riots as the next Boston Tea Party.
It’s hard to think of anything more privileged than social media armchairs excusing violence against our poorest and most vulnerable neighborhoods. But so it goes in the Nothing Matters quarter of America. This weekend saw the unrest that began in Minnesota spread across the country. In Louisville, vandals smashed windows and attacked restaurants and hotels. In Washington, D.C., the White House was briefly locked down amid rowdy protests outside. In Oakland, two federal officers were shot; one died. And in Minneapolis itself, the arson and looting continued, drawing out the largest National Guard mobilization in Minnesota history.
All this was done ostensibly to express fury over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman, as well as other episodes of brutality against African Americans, the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Yet there was something else at work too. Officials estimated Saturday morning that only 20 percent of the rioters in Minneapolis were actually from Minnesota, and while that was later walked back, reporting confirms that the city has become a bug light for out-of-state anarchists and agitators. Pittsburgh’s police chief, meanwhile, said protests there had been hijacked by “white males” dressed in black. And in Rochester, where cars were flipped over and set ablaze, police blamed “anarchists” and “paid protesters.”
The story here isn’t just that these cities are harming themselves, as is often portrayed. It’s that they’re under attack by evil losers who want only to pillage and torch. Minnesota officials say that among those arrested were militants linked to white supremacist groups. Other rioters, many of them white, wear the black clothes and bandana masks associated with Antifa, the left-wing extremist front. BuzzFeed reports that “black activists and organizers” are “saying some people are seemingly coming for the fight and mayhem, and not to support their expression of anger over the police killings of unarmed black people and their demand for it to end.”
The intent of these carpetbaggers isn’t justice but anarchy. That dovetails neatly with a trend that’s been growing on social media: young men who view recent events, especially the election of Trump, as harbingers of chaos, which they welcome and seek to exploit to bring about the end of the existing order. They hate civic society as is, viewing it as too liberal or too racist or too fascist or too decadent. Many of them see an eschatology at work whereby internal contradictions will collapse …read more
Via:: American Conservative
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