Some people still have guts in this country – and Army Sargent Marcus Rogers is one of them. His brave, succinct words are something we all need to hear- and a breath of fresh air.
Staff Army Sgt. Marcus Rogers posted a video on his Facebook page on Monday directed at those who are rioting in Baltimore.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died while in police custody, Rogers’ message was clear:
“If you’re out there rioting, you’re out there breaking people’s businesses that they worked hard to build, causing chaos in the streets, you’re out there throwing rocks at police and destroying police cars, do you understand that you’re actually doing more damage than good?
If Martin Luther King were here, a real civil rights leader … he would be disappointed in what you guys are doing. First of all, it’s hypocritical; you pick and choose when you want to stand up for what’s right:
More black people are killing black people through gang violence and abortions than anything else. But you don’t march about that, you don’t post on Facebook about that, you don’t be an activist about that. … You give them a pass …. even though that’s an actual bigger problem.
We need [to be]looking in the mirror, keeping it real, stop making excuses, stop trying to blame everybody else. Let’s fix ourselves first.
Marcus told IJReview he was concerned about what the reaction to his video might be:
“I am just worried about the Army giving me problems because I was in uniform.”
Well, aside from being in uniform, this was pretty awesome. Good words from a good person. Thank you Sgt. Rogers. The world needs more people like you standing up for what is right!
The video can be seen on his Facebook.
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