Time Magazine Op-Ed: ‘In Defense Of Rioting’

Alex Griswold Media Reporter

It isn’t too often you see the national media openly praising violence and rioters (unless they’re MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow). But Time Magazine has taken the plunge, publishing a column by freelance journalist Darlena Cunha entitled “Ferguson: In Defense Of Rioting.”

“The violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., are part of the American experience,” the subheadline reads. “Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in mainstream culture.” (RELATED: After Ferguson Decision, Liberal Media Beclown Themselves On Twitter)

Riots, Cunha writes, are a “necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets.” (RELATED: WaPo Journalist: MO Governor’s Promise To Protect Ferguson ‘Not The Right Message To Send’)

She takes particular aim at the negative reaction to the Ferguson protests from tea party members. After all, Cunha writes, “even the Tea Party gets its name from a riot, The Boston Tea Party.”

In an admission that would sink many a conservative’s career, Cunha states that, “Blacks in this country are more apt to riot…” But that’s okay, she says, “because they are one of the populations here who still need to… Sometimes, enough is simply too much.”

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