It’s been all over the news – British youths are rioting. At first glance the anarchy spreading through the UK may seem to not have any justification. In keeping up with the events taking place in the UK I have seen just how dangerous a mob mentality can be. There can only be fatalities when a crowd of people starts to act like a pack of rabid dogs. Windows have been smashed, shops and homes broken into and ravaged, buildings and cars have been torched…its chaos.
In a short attempt to ‘place the passage in context’… apparently an alleged drug dealer was shot and killed in a shoot out with the police. This led to a protest against the killing which some believe happened because of racial prejudice by the police. Somehow this protest devilishly morphed into wild and violent disorder, looting, arson and other criminal behaviours. In the classic case of ‘monkey see, monkey do’ the anarchy has spread to other parts of the country. The senseless violence had spread to a fourth city by the time I decided to write a post about the situation in the UK.
Why is this happening though? …is it really just acts of lawlessness from opportunistic thieves?
It is believed that government cuts and the resulting poor social conditions are one of the major contributors to this violent disturbance of peace by these crowds. Young people from poor societies in the UK are hugely uninspired in life – the rich keep getting richer and for the poor, every new day is worse than the previous one. The sad truth is that these deprived young looters have nothing to lose and no reason to conform to social norms the experts say…not forgetting that the police force in the UK just wasn’t prepared for these riots nor were they expecting them.
A youth interviewed on the Sky News network said “we know that this is wrong, don’t get it twisted but we feel like we don’t have a future, everything is expensive these days and we can’t get jobs.” Another alleged that “the police stop us and nick us for nothing”. Authorities have also listed parenting (or lack thereof) as well as gang culture as contributing factors to these acts of unrestrained revelry.
As a youth, living in a country with high levels of unemployment, social discrepancies and unequal balances of power I am able to empathise with the british youth to a certain extent. What I am totally against is the ruthless act of breaking into someone’s home or business and robbing innocent people of the possessions they acquired with the sweat of their own brow.
In almost a week of rioting over 200 arrests have been made. As British Prime Minister, David Cameron (probably still mad about a holiday cut short) whips out the water cannon and more police reinforcements with rubber bullets are deployed and the arrests continue…Let’s pray for The UK and all those affected.
Heads up! Do check out Sky News tonight at 8pm for a live debate about what the causes of the riots may be.