Over the past few days, we have witnessed as what started as a peaceful vigil in London has turned into a senseless ruckus. It is quite shameful and disheartening. I saw this post, and it made a lot of sense, so I decided to share it. I did not write this. However, it portrays my feelings completely. You can find the original post http://youngthatiam.tumblr.com/post/8690695849/the-london-riots-message-to-the-youth. Enjoy.
I just went down the road to the local ”high street” (if you could even call it that..it hasn’t got that many shops) and never in my life have i felt the way i did as i went there. I live in South London, and as ‘luck’ would have it my area is sandwiched between 5 of the worst hit places in the south. Everyone is suspicious of each other, particularly if you’re a ”youth.” Fast forward past me walking speedily past a group/gang of young men and them attempting to stop me, past the creepy man with his massive dog, past the empty side streets to finally, the high street.
What did i see? No damage…not yet. But the atmosphere was heavy with tension. Shops are closed/closing, crowds are gathering as people queue to get into supermarkets and stock up. Mothers clutch their babies to their chests, their faces straight and eyes glaring. Everybody, it seems, is looking over their shoulders. Whether you live in a ”nice” area or not, you aren’t safe. The attacks in Ealing, West London, are evidence of that enough. I’d just left the high street when I got a phone call that police have now ordered that all shops there be shut.
It’s a damn war zone. And what are we, the youth? The damned. And through our own means.
People are losing their businesses, their homes! And this afternoon it’s been confirmed that a 26 year old man shot in Croydon has died and an injured boy was helped up by rioters and then robbed as he bled profusely. I am fuming as i sit here writing! I have never felt as strongly about violence as I have this! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!?
I’m a youth, i don’t live a flashy life. So should I go and freaking torch an entire electrical store? We are what we make of our generation. We have the power to build, to destroy. Just remember that with every foolish act, there are consequences. With every foolish act, you lose any chance you EVER had to have your voices heard! So you’re unhappy, fine. NOBODY NOWADAYS IS HAPPY. Do they go loot your mother’s business? Do they break into your home and terrify you? WHAT IS IT with all this crowd following??! And if you have issues, BE THE CHANGE for heaven’s sake. There are people who’ve grown up in absolute dumps and dire consequences but made something of themselves! Remember that the world you destroy today will be the one you will have to live in, work in and raise your own kids in tomorrow.
What pissed me off the most was footage on Sky news showing looting in Croydon and there were girls laughing amidst all the chaos. LAUGHING. If our generation is the sort that can laugh at suffering then i’m sorry but we’re done for. And that isn’t me being pessimistic. It’s me being realistic.
There is pure injustice in society, and sure there are root issues that need to be addressed. Racism, unemployment, poverty, bullying, social inequality. My heart goes out to Mark Duggan’s family and friends, and i’m sure this was NOT at all the plan they had when they started their peaceful vigil after he was shot. The police should have responded to the family’s pleas and none of this would have happened. But they didn’t, and look where we are. There are lessons that will be learnt.
BUT. Youths! Get your acts together! All this terror is making you just as bad if not worse than the perpetrators of the human rights we all believe we have entitlement to, including getting help from police regardless of our backgrounds and status. (I noted that in David Cameron’s address he made no reference to the original issue and the wrongful way in which Duggan’s family was treated by police. Bloody typical!). Things have gone too damn far. And the effects of what you’ve done, the people you’re hurting…all are going to pass on and leave you behind with the mess you have created. The destruction from our own hands.
Father forgive us for we know not what we do.
Whoever you are, wherever you are. Stop what you are doing and pray. Pray for our generation. Pray for those that mislead us. And pray for the strength to keep on praying! If you’re doing this and think you deserve a pat on the back, you’re a fool. So go ahead and do that, but be prepared for the slap that will hit you after as your life goes downhill. Buck up and be mature! STOP THE VIOLENCE.
God help us all.
Mark 13:7-8 But when you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.
My heart goes out to everyone across the UK affected by these riots. I’m off to watch more of the news now, as police sirens continue to be heard in the distance.
“The worst violence in decades in England,” they all say. We should all be ashamed.