One of my online friends lives in England - but thankfully not in a city affected by the riots - and he states that the rioting has absolutely nothing to do with the initial shooting of a young man by the police. Most commentators seem to agree.
I've read an article from an Irish paper where possible reasons for the riots are discussed. It points out that the rioters are mostly young people, then lists possible reasons for them to riot:
- The rioters feel as if they are not a part of the community
- A general feeling of malcontent
- The widening gap between rich and poor
- Racial inequality
That fact that these situations also exist here in the US has me wondering if - with the proper instigation - it could happen here in the US!
What do you think?
photo by Alastair Lindup