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OPINION

‘Woke Riots’ And How Democrats Created Them

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How many stories have you seen about a group of “teens” wilding their way through a city, looting stores and beating holy hell out of anyone they come across? The word “teens” is used repeatedly, as though there are no other characteristics beyond age that these amoral mobs share. By doing so, the media and politicians are protecting themselves and harming citizens. It’s time to stop pretending and honestly discuss the destructive nature of the Democratic Party.

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Find the story and you’ll see the euphemisms – “Chicago, Suburbs Prepare for Potential ‘Teen Takeover’” or “Street takeovers, looting plague Compton businesses” are just two examples where reality is deliberately obscured by the media because these events are of the left’s making.

First, there is no such thing as a “street takeover,” they’re riots. When people loot stores, they’re looting stores in the course of a riot. When they beat the snot out of people who just so happen to be in front of them when the riotous urge hits them, that is evil. Just like a man in a dress, calling it something it clearly isn’t does not make it into that thing.

Second, we have to be honest about who is committing these heinous acts; it’s the only way to address the causes behind them to prevent them from happening in the future. This is where Democrats refuse to go, because they are the cause and doing what is necessary to prevent them in the future will hurt them politically. 

Roving bands of black teenagers are committing violent acts and looting stores because, thanks to Democrats, they have been stripped of hope and aspiration. 

There isn’t a majority or plurality black major city in the country – where these attacks happen – that is successfully educating their kids. Critical race theory and a genuinely third world education system where unions matter more than results rule the day. Kids are “graduating” without being able to read or do basic math, but they likely can name a couple of dozen genders and would be able to lecture you all day about the horrors of microaggressions. 

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Lost in this move by Democrats is the fact that if people, particularly people in positions of authority and trust like teachers, preachers and politicians, tell kids they’ll never get ahead because “society is built to keep them down,” that they’ll never succeed because of their skin color, they will start to believe it. 

Everyone fails, everyone doesn’t get a job or a promotion they want. Imagine if, when that happens, rather than working to improve your chances the next time and learn from the experience, everyone you’re conditioned to look up to because of their position or impressive title told you it was how things are and will always be. How cynical would you become? Maybe not the first time it happened, but after the next? Or later?

People fail, learn from it and improve. Democrats tell minorities they failed not because it happens to everyone, but because society is stacked against them. It doesn’t stick with everyone, and more and more people are coming to the realization that the people telling them “the system is rigged against them” are the very people who constructed that “system” and have been administering it for generations in these cities. But a lot of people don’t. 

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Those who don’t are stripped of hope, because how could you have hope about life if you believe you’re eternally screwed because of something you have no control over? Once you’re to that point, why not beat the hell out of someone for stupid reasons? Why not rob a store? That store is part of the system that is screwing you over, it’s “justice” to steal from them. 

No one starts off as a cold-blooded killer, but people build to that point through a lack of punishment for lesser crimes (which Democrat prosecutors are currently engaged in). When you see bands of “teens” rampaging “for no reason” or because “it’s warm in the summer months,” know there is more, much more behind it than that. But there isn’t a single Democrat politician, preacher or activist who’ll talk about it because it is to their benefit. 

Sure, people will die, others will have their lives ruined, but Democrats will get the votes. Individuals have always been disposable to the progressive left. We’re now seeing the results of their “woke” policies and philosophy marching down the streets of once-great American cities. If it hasn’t hit your town yet, and they keep electing Democrats, it will…

Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!) and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses, and host of the weekly “Week in F*cking Review” podcast where the news is spoken about the way it deserves to be. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.

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