116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
It's so disheartening to see white men, white people, condemn the looting In Minneapolis and not even attempt to understand what comes behind these horrible acts.
Go talk to the looters when your teen was killed because they were wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles and Snapple, when your little kid was shot in a park for playing cops and robbers, when you've been shot in your car in front of your girlfriend and child for doing nothing, when your white self has been arrested for being a black reporter. Until then, we as white people, we need to shut the up on the condemnation of these people.
I will never know what these people go through. I will never be handcuffed and have a knee on my neck. I will never automatically have suspicion laid upon me when I enter a store simply because of the color of my skin. I have that privilege. I'm not gonna sit here and just condemn the looters' actions. It's wrong but I'm also going to say that I completely understand why they did what they did. It happened because people are frustrated, afraid and tired of it all. They tried kneeling and y'all had a problem with that. They've tried sitting in silent protest and they got gassed.
What happened was wrong but maybe it's finally going to finally, finally, finally, bring about a change that is so desperately needed.