The London Riots – 2011
I remember my dad, in 1968, telling me of a black shop owner holding a shotgun outside his shop during the King assassination riots in D. C. My dad asked the man, as rioters were working their way down the street, if he was going to shoot the rioters. The man, with tears in his eyes, said “No, I won’t. I will let them loot and burn my store.” My dad said “Good luck to you” and continued on his way to Union Station, in order to catch the MARC train home to Rockville, where we were fortunate enough to live, at the time.
Looting and burning people’s stores is not a solution. It only makes matters worse. We’ve had enough hate and violence, we need the power of love so that we can work together in order that we might establish justice and peace.