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Willie Richardson / Feb. 16, 2021

Black Mystery Month: Inmates Run the Asylum

Why is it that prisoners thought rioting was a good way to address the pandemic?

It’s the middle of February and it’s Black History Month. This is the month that suddenly black people become responsible, righteous, and redemptive. The month that violent crimes among blacks cease, black high-school dropouts return to school to finish, and black preachers hold congregants responsible for their own plights. Right? I wish. Black History Month is the same as it’s always been. Twenty-eight days of pseudo celebrations of former black inventors and Civil Rights leaders pumping fists in marches.

I don’t do Black History Month; I celebrate Black Mystery Month. There’s more of a mystery than a history that needs to be discussed. For instance, why are inmates in St. Louis beating guards, breaking out of cells, burning debris, breaking windows, and throwing chairs out of windows? The answer might surprise you, but it’s all because of the coronavirus. If you started laughing, I won’t hold that against you. Yes, inmates claim to be restricted to limited visits and stalled court proceedings due to the pandemic so they decided to riot during Black History Month. The month black people are supposed to pay homage to those who have come before them.

Law enforcement worked around the clock before bringing the St. Louis City Justice Center under control shortly before 10 a.m. The riot began in the middle of the night around 2:30 a.m. St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards made sense of what this riot was about. He said, “This was a bunch of folk that were defiant. This were a bunch of people that decided that they were going to engage in criminal mayhem.” Edwards went on to say, “There was no idea why they were upset. Obviously there were no demands.”

I love the fact that Edwards addressed this the way he did, but there’s only one problem with him saying it. He’s a man and he is black. Two strikes. Being a black man in America doesn’t give you the right to directly analyze the criminal behaviors of other brown-skinned people.

The only “acceptable” way to address this matter is how Democrat Representative Cori Bush from Missouri dealt with it. She started with a tweet quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” She followed the quote by saying, “I want to talk to my constituents in the window. Their lives and their rights must be protected,” Bush said. “My team and I are working to ensure that the urgent needs of people who are incarcerated are not ignored.”

Are you kidding me? Let me stop pretending I’m shocked. She’s a leftist black woman. She’s allowed to get away with voicing outlandish opinions.

But here’s the funny part, just a month ago she was outraged with the riot that happened at the Capitol building. She said then: “I’m in the Capitol. I’m safe, and my team and I are sheltering in place. The President of the United States has incited a riot that has now stormed the Capitol. There are rioters roaming the halls of the Capitol. I saw them with my own eyes. Our country deserves better.”

On one end, black inmates breaking windows at the jail and beating guards without even making demands is an act of righteous indignation, but at the Capitol, President Donald Trump “incited a riot” while “our country deserves better.” So, I guess the St. Louis guard who was sent to the hospital was collateral damage?

When the inmates take over the asylum, they have to be black during Black History Month with a black liberal woman as their representative in order for everything to be swept under the rug. That’s black privilege.

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