by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer
The Milwaukee riots serve notice, as did ones in Ferguson and Baltimore, that some feel grievances are a license to loot, burn and even shoot at emergency vehicles. How do we, stakeholders without battle armor handy, create safety in such times? The first step is candor.
Candidly speaking, a percentage of urban Millenials are enraged at blue professionals and frankly, White people.
Like the 1992 LA riots, Milwaukee chaos featured targeting of non-Black citizens. This admission will disturb those whose comfort zones are inclusive and produce social justice advocacy. I’m not asking that you change values, merely don’t cloud your vision to boiling undemocratic hostility. If you can avoid inner city areas, do so without apology.
What are race relations like where you live and is rioting a real possibility? Anywhere where urban discussion orbits around daily violent crime and poverty is a potential flash point.
The next step is assessing skills, supplies and your comfort zone regarding using force for self-defense. We are in a time where reason and order are suspended following police shootings. Candor and assessment allow you to meet these outbreaks more on your terms. Creating safety in a time of excuses for public brutality is a cross all hostages bear- no matter how much it is wished otherwise.
Google, “Colin Flaherty,” for what my warning looks like on video.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist. @nadraenzi on twitter.