Magazine December 22, 2014, Issue

A Regular Riot

I lived in a D.C. neighborhood that experienced a spontaneous civilian-assisted property-redistribution episode, a.k.a. a riot. In the fall of 1991, a black female cop shot a Hispanic male, an event that must have made the editorial writers get out their moral abacuses to decide exactly which identity trumped the other in the scale of power and privilege. The locals were not interested in balancing historical grievances while being mindful of the immigrant experience, and started breaking things.

For the participants, it was grand fun. You get to smash things and help yourself to various consumer goods. The cops won’t shoot

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    The Week

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    A Regular Riot

    I lived in a D.C. neighborhood that experienced a spontaneous civilian-assisted property-redistribution episode, a.k.a. a riot. In the fall of 1991, a black female cop shot a Hispanic male, an ...
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    Poetry

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