More Raging about the Riots
Remember when you had that substitute teacher when you were a kid, and everyone in the class tried to stress him out, didn’t do any work and tried to get away with as little as possible until the period ended? A bonus level was if you could get the teacher to pull his hair out and refuse to come back. It was easy enough to do, after all if we all do it, he can’t put all of us on detention. If he tries to, we just won’t come. What’s he gonna do, suspend the whole class? Don’t think so. Power in numbers, man.
And it’s a rush, a sense of power. Normally, the teacher is in charge, but just for today, or maybe this week, we are. It’ll all sort itself out in the end, but for now let’s just have our fun.
Kids are little shits. Teenagers are horrible. Although most would understand the worth of having a real education, most would also understand the thrill of fucking with the system just for a bit, if you could get away with it.
“Experts” are popping up on TV. Claiming reasons like shut-downs of youth centres or drops in unemployment for the madness which is gearing up for a fourth night.
Here’s another, more correct, theory for you: breaking shit is fun. Getting things for free is awesome. If all your mates are out breaking and stealing shit, and getting away with it because the police are too scared of a public backlash in the form of the race card or the brutality card, why not join in? Sounds like a rush.
The outcry from the general public is now huge. There is no support behind what is going on, from any demographic other than the ones doing it. Private homes are being broken into now. Mobs are smashing giant plate windows of restaurants and storming the place, demanding everyone’s wallets and jewellery. People are being pulled from cars and buses and kicked and punched. Buses are being taken for joyrides into crowds. Old women are getting mugged on the street. Charity shops which are there to try and raise money and jobs, and provide for the very communities doing this, are being looted and razed to the ground.
There’s a recent video of someone on the ground, bleeding. There’s no police or anyone like that in the picture, or any sense of urgency, so presumably he fell or got punched by another rioter or something stupid like that. Other rioters look like they are helping him to his feet, but really it’s just to get an angle at his backpack, which they then proceed to rip open and steal the contents of while he is too dazed to fight back, before walking off and just leaving him there.
There is no common cause behind this. No social movement. Nothing at all. I don’t want to see another idiotic old man on the TV who tries to come up with bullshit justifications for these actions just so as he can seem “cool and with it and in touch” with the kids. Let’s call it what it is. Dickheads doing things that they can get away with, purely for the buzz of it.
How does the substitute teacher stop getting hassled? He cracks down on the class. If he has to, he picks a kid and makes an example of him. A justified example, one that can be defended, but one which lets the rest of the class know he means business. The police need to harden the fuck up. Any rioter out there tonight, for the fourth night in a row, destroying their own city and endangering the lives and livelihoods of the law-abiding people living here deserves everything that’s coming to them. They’ve had far more than enough time to calm down and be reasonable. It’s time to start cracking some skulls. I want to see batons, I want to see water cannons, I want to see plastic bullets. I want these people dragged away bleeding and locked up. If this were a legitimate protest, that would be seen as excessive force by the police. In a situation where the public is screaming to be saved from these maniacs, it should be seen as finally doing the right thing. Once they see the police are actually going to stand up to them, the rioters will stop. They have no cause to fight for, and the public would never support them. They’ve been warned.
Coming home tonight past the broken windows, closed shutters and burnt-out cars I felt like I was in one of those vampire movies where everyone scuttles to get home before sundown. Offices in town have all closed early, and the streets are starting to clear already, while it is still broad daylight, just because everybody is too damn scared to be on the streets as it all starts up again. If things continue along this path, I’m pretty sure someone’s going to die tonight. I just hope it’s one of them, and not some random unconnected homeowner just trying to sleep.