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Well, since you asked, no.
Shame, that’s the word that comes to mind. It’s possible she’s proud of the people who burned down the neighborhoods because they’re taking direct action, forcing change, or just cutting right to the chase – and by “chase,” I don’t mean running after store owners and hitting them in the head with a crowbar to ensure compliance in the redistribution of his property.
But the looters and rioters and agent provocateurs, the nihilists, the louts and losers whose hearts and minds are numb to anything but the big boom, the hard jolt — that’s the cohort that some want to define America. After all, those pictures of people posing with heroic defiance as a building goes up in flames — why, it’s iconic! It sums up completely the American glorification of violence!
Let this define America:
That’s maybe a 100th of what was delivered this morning at one of the food and staples drop-off centers that have sprung up around Minneapolis. It was massive — and this was the scene at noon. Wife and Daughter and Rotaria, our Spanish exchange student, went to deliver some goods this morning, and the line to contribute stretched for blocks and blocks. Swarms of volunteers moving the food from the boulevard to the truck; hundreds of people coming on food with bags. The grocery stores in our area have been cleaned out of food to donate — all the staples purchased and bagged for drop-off.
It was exhausting, but they came back renewed and happy. “What you have been seeing the last few nights,” I said to Rotaria, “that is not who Minnesotans are.”
“I know,” she said. “This is America.”
Sappy and simplistic, yes, but I’ll take it. That makes me feel proud.Published in