In a Monday-night blog post, the writer for The Atlantic argued that calls for non-violence in response to the rioting in Baltimore are essentially “a ruse” and “a con,” given the city’s recent history of police brutality.
“When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out,” wrote Coates, “it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is ‘correct’ or ‘wise,’ any more than a forest fire can be ‘correct’ or ‘wise.’ Wisdom isn't the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community.”