If you were looking for a poster-child for making excuses for riots and looting, then Marc Lamont Hill would have to be one of your top picks. (so many good choices)
CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill on Baltimore: ‘This Is Not a Riot’ But ‘Uprisings’ Against ‘Police Terrorism’
By Curtis Houck | April 28, 2015 | Newsbusters
During CNN’s live coverage on Monday night of the Baltimore riots, CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill urged viewers to view what was taking place as “not a riot” but “uprisings” in response to African-Americans “dying in the streets for months, years, decades, centuries” due to “police terrorism.”
When brought into the discussion by CNN Tonight host Don Lemon, Hill declared that “there shouldn’t be calm tonight” in Baltimore since there’s been “black people…dying in the streets for months, years, decades, centuries” and endorsed the need for “resistance to oppression and when resistance occurs, you can’t circumscribe resistance.”
The far-left pundit continued by citing the need to both “not get more upset about the destruction of property than the destruction of black bodies” as well as “not romanticize peace…as the only way to function” [emphasis mine]:
We can’t ignore the fact that the city is burning, but we need to be talking about why it’s burning and not romanticize peace and not romanticize marching as the only way to function. I’m not saying we should be hurting, I’m not saying we should be killing people, but we do have to understand that resistance looks different ways to different people and part of what it means to say black lives matter, is to assert our right to have rage – righteous rage, righteous indignation in the face of state violence and extrajudicial killing. Freddie Gray is dead. That’s why the city is burning and let’s make that clear. It’s not burning because of these protesters. The city is burning because the police killed Freddie Gray and that’s a distinction we have to make.
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Resistance can look different ways, just not like riots. Some resistance could look like looting but don’t be fooled. I suppose even armed robbery might look like resistance, too. In fact, cop killing could be labeled resistance under that logic.