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Quiz on Baltimore's "criminals and thugs"

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President Obama and many other politicians have referred to the people in Baltimore as "criminals and thugs". Whether you agree with his assessment or not, consider two questions.

In the midst of a very tense situation just prior to the outbreak of violence, amidst a city seething with bitterness and hostility, and on the very brink of exploding, what steps did the government take? First it let the kids out of high school and then immediately shut down the city's mass transportation. This means you have unleashed angry high school kids and forced them to walk home through the section seething with violence. Duhhh! If someone wanted to cause a "riot" this would ensure it. Release angry high school kids and make them walk through a hotbed of anger and hostility. This is how you would begin a riot in two easy steps, so at least pause and ask the question: Were the authorities that stupid, or was there a more sinister motive in closing the schools and mass transportation?

Second if you agree with Obama's assessment of the looters being "thugs and criminals", and you support the many other politicians who used the exact same phrase, then answer the following question: If looters are "criminals and thugs", what do you call a person or persons who severs the spine of a human being for "looking at them, then running away"? Now to really insult you intelligence, we have a "leaked" report that suggests that the victim intentionally severed his own spine. At the risk of being redundant, duhh!

Take this one step further. Answer some more easy questions. 1) If you were a monster who severed the spine of an individual because he looked at you, where would you be now? 2) Would your name be made public or would it be kept secret as it is now? 3) If you shot an innocent person 8 times in the back while he was running away from you, as did the SC policeman, where would you be now? 4) Where would you be now if you pulled up to a playground and shot and killed a 12year old within two seconds of getting out of your car? Space limitations prevent me from asking a thousand more questions. Seems Martin Luther King was a man of wisdom when he said: "A riot is the language of the unheard". Their many questions and concerns have been totally ignored and unheard.

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Joe Clifford lives in Rhode Island and has written a regular column for an online newspaper and has contributed many articles to various RI newspapers. His articles deal almost exclusively with American Foreign policy but ventures into other (more...)

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