"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Move aside Martin Luther King, Jr…
Apparently there's a new civil rights spokesperson in town, and her name is Cardi B.
In a stunning comment, rapper Cardi B appeared to defend the riots happening in Minnesota.
Days after George Floyd was killed by a former Minneapolis police officer, protestors resorted to voilence, destruction, and theft.
But instead of attempting to calm down the situation and encourage people away from crime, Cardi B appeared to DEFEND the rioters!
In a shocking statement on Twitter, Cardi B wrote:
Too much peaceful marches, too much trending hashtags, and NO SOLUTIONS! The people are left with NO CHOICE.
See her entire Tweet below:
Though the Minneapolis police department fired the offending officer, people came not to protest, but to wreak havoc and destruction on the city.
Now, Cardi B is coming to their defense and using her influence to protect them.
According to Breitbart:
Rapper Cardi B says the people who broke into and looted stores in Minnesota on Wednesday were left with “no choice” but to resort to violence and steal from stores in response to the death of George Floyd, whose neck was kneeled on by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
In footage broadcast all across social media, protesters have seen looting stores and vandalizing places all over the city. Yet according to Cardi B, rioters were left with no choice but to resort to violence.
“They looting in Minnesota and as much as I don’t like this type of violence it is what it is,” she wrote on Twitter. “Too much peaceful marches, too much trending hashtags, and NO SOLUTIONS! The people are left with NO CHOICE.”
Riots broke out on Tuesday and Wednesday evening in response to footage of Floyd complaining he could not breathe as police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck. He ultimately died.
Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, once boasted of having drugged and robbed men “in order to survive” back in the days when she worked as a stripper. “Whether or not they were poor choices at the time, I did what I had to do to survive,” she wrote at the time. “I never claimed to be perfect or come from a perfect world.”
It is likely that these violent and destructive riots will make racial tensions worse.
The police are likely less inclined to respond -- they don't want to add fuel to the fire.
Yet innocent business owners and bystanders are being victimized by these violent protests.
While Cardi B is defending the people of Minneapolis, a new report suggests that most of the rioters DON'T even live there!
They came from out of town!
Ironically for Cardi B, most of the rioters aren't even citizens from Minneapolis.
So it appears they had a "choice" to come into a neighboring city and destroy it for the actual citizens who live there.
Minneapolis's Bring Me The News (MN) reports that the city police chief confirms this fact:
After a night of destruction caused by rioting in south Minneapolis, city leaders say they are going to do everything they can going forward to ensure a similar outcome doesn't happen in the coming days.
Mayor Jacob Frey said that "we will have an all-out effort to restore peace and security" in Minneapolis, with Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo said criminal behavior seen in the last 24 hours will not be allowed.
"If individuals, as it occurred last night, are committing behavior and acts which are criminal ... if they're looting those stores, if they're robbing people ... if they are setting buildings and structures on fire, which are harming the safety of our elderly and our youth, I cannot allow that," Arradondo said.
"I know that there is currently deficit of hope in our city," he added, noting that Minneapolis Police Department has a played a role in that deficit, most recently being involved in the in-custody death of 46-year-old George Floyd. "But I will not allow to continue to increase that deficit by re-traumatizing our folks in our community."
Arradondo noted that the majority of protesters were peaceful, but there was a "core group of people causing some destruction," including much of the damage believed to have been caused by non-Minneapolis residents.
"I will just say it was clear to me and hearing from local community leaders that many of the people involved were not known Minneapolitans," Arradondo said.
"There were certainly those not recognized as being from the city."
"This work is about protecting community. This work is about protecting infrastructure needed to get through this pandemic together," Frey said. "Our communities need grocery stores for food, we need banks for cash, we need pharmacies for medication."
Instead of glorifying and defending violence, theft, and crime, Cardi B should use her influence to call for peace.
Meaningful change will not come from riots.
And unfortumately, such actions only perpetuate the stereotypes that many communities want to escape.
It's time for everyone to live their lives with love and kindness for their fellow humans.