There are ways of being properly angry and improperly angry.
To provide a very minor example, if someone were to yell at you, you have every right to yell back at them. You don’t have the right to punch them in the face.
What happened to George Floyd is awful, nobody will argue that. However, there are people and businesses that had not a single thing to do with it that are suffering now as a result of the blowback.
Anyone who has watched the horrifying video of now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinning George Floyd, a black man, to the ground and kneeling on his neck until his body became limp, has a right to be angry.
The incident occurred Monday, and Floyd was pronounced dead later that night. The video, captured by a bystander, quickly went viral.
Protests have since erupted across the country in cities including Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Memphis, according to The New York Times.
Although visceral anger is unequivocally justified, it is unfortunately misplaced — and violently destructive — as the mob has turned on the United States.
“Protesters have tried again and have burned more of the American flag,” tweeted Townhall.com senior writer Julio Rosas.
Protesters have tried again and have burned more of the American flag. pic.twitter.com/JJ4Vk6gtFE
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 28, 2020
Rosas’ video showed a masked protestor repeatedly use a lighter and an aerosol can to ignite an upside-down American flag as a crowd cheered him on in Los Angeles Wednesday.
Demonstrations across the country have included looting, burning buildings, and even a fatal shooting in the area of one of the Minneapolis protests.
The appalling incident that sparked the protests is gut-wrenching to watch as an agonizing eight minutes unfold in the video, with Floyd initially pleading with Chauvin, telling him he can’t breathe, and ultimately becoming completely unresponsive.
Bystanders tried to intervene, also shouting to officers that Floyd was unable to breathe, and later urging them to check for a pulse after Floyd was clearly unconscious.