Anyone with a teaspoon worth of human decency knows that rioting, looting, and destroying the community you live in is a foul and despicable act, regardless of the cause you claim to be fighting for.
This is a concept that basketball legend LeBron James seems to understand pretty well, as he recently put the crazed nutjobs in Ferguson, Missouri in their place for completely destroying their city in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
What he said is epic and is a message every window smashing looter desperately needs to hear.
After Tuesday’s announcement of the grand jury’s decision not to indict, James criticized rioters saying that their destructive attack on their own neighborhood is “not the answer.”
“What does that do?” he asked. “What does that actually do? Just hurt more families, hurt more people, draw more attention to things that shouldn’t even be going on instead of people going to the family’s household and praying with them. And saying, ‘Things are going to be great.’ You know, ‘Mike Brown is in a better place now,’ and ‘Trayvon Martin is in a better place now.’ That’s where it should be. I mean, burning down things and shooting up things and running cars into places and stealing and stuff like that, what does that do? It doesn’t make you happy.”
“As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I’m so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn’t the solution as well,” he wrote.
“It’s not just one instance,” James said. “It’s not just Mike Brown or Trayvon Martin or anything that’s going on in our society. I think it’s much bigger than that. Like I said last night, violence is not the answer and retaliation is not the solution. My prayers and best wishes goes out to the families of anyone that loses a loved one, especially a kid today.”
Wise words from King James.
The energy being expended by all of the rioters and looters in Ferguson could produce a lot of positive changes if it were being channeled into the proper conduits. Unfortunately, right now, without proper leadership and guidance, all of this emotional motivation is causing havoc and chaos instead of working toward healing and restoration.
It would certainly be nice if the folks involved in these “protests” would pay attention to this kind of wisdom. It’s time to put down the rocks, bottles, and baseball bats and join together, regardless of skin color, and work toward rebuilding Ferguson.
Nothing unites people from different walks of life like a common goal, and there’s no goal more noble than peace.