Unfortunately, it seems the old proverb, “violence begets violence” is proved true yet again.
Arguably, one of the first violent acts in this present cycle occurred on May 25, 2020 when George Floyd died while in police custody after officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes.
The response to George Floyd’s death (and unfortunately a spree of other deaths in the preceding months) led to nationwide protests.
The next link in the chain of violent events is that several of these protests turned into riots in cities across America the past several weeks.
There are various reports that many (if not most) of these riots (but not necessarily the original protests) were instigated by trained agitators whose goal is to initiate violence and destruction.
Last week, another unfortunate link in the chain of violence comes in the form of an interaction between a man on a sidewalk and a passing commuter.
The man on the sidewalk was throwing rocks at passing cars. The driver of one of these cars decided they would take matters into their own hands. In the video (shown below), after the man on the sidewalk threw not one by two rocks at a white car, its driver made a U-turn and chases after the rock slinger.
Note: viewer discretion is advised as this video shows violence and contains a bit of foul language.
I don't know if the guy who was throwing rocks at cars was a member of Antifa or just a straight up dumbass but justice served! pic.twitter.com/9jfvMyZ0ny
— Michael DeLauzon (@MichaelDeLauzon) June 15, 2020
One wonders if this gains broader media attention whether the man on the sidewalk will be described as “skipping stones,” similar to how the occupation of Seattle has been called nothing more than a “block party.” Or, depending on the political persuasion of those involved, if the driver will be described as a misguided protestor blinded with rage by something President Trump has tweeted.
In light of these events, another old saying seems to ring truer than ever: Blessed are the peacemakers.