No one quite knows why or how.
Or, at least, no one is saying.
10,000 march peacefully to give witness to their questions and their pain.
And, several hundred riot.
We focus on the craziness of the hundred and ignore the witness of the thousands and forget the one who died. We focus on the looting and the name calling and the fires and the destruction and allow it to overshadow the hopeless and the despair and the sorrow and the anger that lives just down the street or just around the corner.
We point fingers at them .
And blame them.
And demonize them.
And call them all kinds of names.
Make no mistake about it, those who loot and destroy are responsible and should be held responsible for their actions.
But, do we dare look deeper?
Deep enough to do what is needed so that despair has a chance of being transformed into hope and anger at the circumstances of today has a chance of being converted into energy for tomorrow?
Gauging the reaction so far, the answer is No.