Why All the Riots?

City streets across America are filled with fiery riots and broken windows, but those who are going to feel the effects the most are the cause of the damage.

The ongoing series of violent protests began the day after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. The civil disobedience continued Nov. 24 after Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, was not indicted by a grand jury.

While some protest peacefully, others are looting the vicinity of the original shooting and local businesses, vandalizing vehicles and confronting police officers.



For example, a QuikTrip convenience store and gas station was set on fire. Many windows were broken and several nearby businesses were forced to close.

The people being arrested are facing charges of assault, burglary and theft. Police officers are suffering from injuries inflicted during the events while attempting to control the crowd.

These riots are causing great destruction to local communities. Whenever a business is attacked by a mob, the vandalisms are not covered by insurance, leaving the owners with the task of fixing up their stores.

When a grocery store is attacked, the loss of food does not hurt anyone else except those who live in the town.

Along with the physical damage, there are nationwide protests such as refraining from shopping on Black Friday, which is one of the busiest retail days of the year. Stores expect many people to show up, and when there are less than planned, it can cause economic damage.

Also, schools were closed and children could not attend because of the riots. While it was a safe decision for the students, missing over a week of school can be detrimental later on.

I understand these people feel unjustified for the loss of Brown, but the riots are not the answer. They are showing Americans the only way to receive their justice is to burn their cities to the ground to get attention.

Hopefully, they come to this conclusion before it is too late and their economies are in the drain. Allowing their students to return to school to start catching up and permit the start of the town’s reconstruction.