This is a subject that’s been touched on twice on this site already. Once by Streiff, and one other time by Caleb. Both should be read to get you caught up on the situation, but the rundown is that both Twitter, and USA Today suspended Glenn Reynolds – a.k.a. InstaPundit – for the following tweet:
Reynolds has now returned to Twitter, but USA Today has suspended him for a month for his comment. What’s more, the University of Tennessee Law is “investigating” Reynolds’ comments, and stating the Dean does not stand by Reynolds’ comments at all. His suspension, and the reasoning for it, angered me enough to go on a tirade on Twitter, but I want to make something clear here for those who didn’t see it.
What Reynolds said wasn’t nasty, or hateful. It wasn’t even remotely racist, though many would like to play it off as if it was.
No, what Reynolds said was pure common sense. First off, it’s important to note that these are not “protests,” these are riots, and the media would do well to learn the difference. Throughout these riots you often see, or even hear rioters encouraging others to drag people out of their cars, beat them bloody, then steal from them. Streiff pointed to the L.A. Riots when Reginald Denny was dragged out of his truck and beaten to near death. Recently, during the Milwaukee riots, you can see people attempting the same, with the camera man egging them on.
During these moments, it is imperative to get away. These rioters aren’t out to speak peacefully on the struggles of the black community, and how they can better improve relations with police. They are out to harm, destroy, and as demonstrated in Charlotte and L.A., kill. Under no circumstances should you throw your car into park, lock your doors, and hope for the best. The only thing to do is throw it into first, punch the gas, and get out of there as fast as possible. Your well being, and the well being of those with you is reliant on you doing this.
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