November 23, 2015
Reaction 3 (editorial)
With more and more rioting around the country, maybe the problem lays within the system not the people. People are frustrated and unable to voice those frustrations; they are also trying to make a change in a broken system. With a lack of ability to change, the people are frustrated and the way that the cities across the county deal with the riots and their lack of trying to prevent them. Cities need to recognize that there is a problem and change the way the system is dealing with it.
The problem with lack of government caring is cites around the country have experienced riots since the beginning of the country yet there has been little to prevent them. It seems as though the government is not realizing that there is a problem. From riots in Chicago in the 1900’s to the 2015 Ferguson riots; the people were frustrated with the system and saw no other way to let the police know that they were unhappy. In an article by Fabien Jobard, he wrote about why rioters can be violent “…characteristically destructive forms of actions undertaken by rioting youths, extensively cited by the authorities as sheer nihilism or vandalism, were actually more the product of police tactics and political configurations than the free will of the rioters” (Jobard, page 135). He argues that is not necessary that the rioters want to be destructive it is that they feel there is not other way.
Community power is affected by riots because there is a strong community within the cities and when the riots occur they not only come together they are also deeply affected by it. These riots hurt the community because they cause a separation between the citizens and the government. This divide only grows as the frustration and lack of change keeps on going. It is obvious from the prolonged progression of the riots that communities are suffering.
It is apparent that the cities’ government along with the national government is not doing the necessary steps in order to prevent and help with riots. Not only prevent but also deal with the real reason that the people are rioting, frustration. If there were plans to fix these then maybe there would be a decrease in riots and frustration among the people.
JOBARD, FABIEN. “Rioting As A Political Tool: The 2005 Riots In France.” Howard
Journal Of Criminal Justice 48.3 (2009): 235-244. Political Science Complete.
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