While seeing the events unfold before our eyes is horrific and tragic, my hope is one day we celebrate these specific events, just like we already celebrate these events in our current past.
Call these events what you will, but history will eventually chose a word for them. If these people finally win and defeat the systemic racist culture that they've suffered from all their lives, and there parent, grand parents, and great grand parents suffered from before them, then history will call these events a "revolution". Today, some people are outraged by the destruction they are causing, but so was Ben Franklin:
Ben Franklin was being a gentleman in the words he chose in his letter to rectify the destruction that took place in the Boston Tea Party. If social media existed in the 1770's, words such as "thugs" and "looters" would have been common and frequent descriptions of those who committed the violent act.
As we know from history, it escalated... in to all out war. Because England lost, it was labeled "The Revolutionary War". If England had won, it would probably be called "The Colonist's Riots" and those we deem today as being "Patriots and Forefathers" would instead be labeled as "thugs" and "rioters" and "criminals" and "traitors" and pretty much all the words being used today by those offended by this week's riots.
I hope today, that the rioters win. I hope today that they get what they want. This is there revolutionary war. This is their moment to fight against government oppression. Our forefathers revolted because of "taxation without representation". These people today are revolting because of systemic racism towards them. These people today are revolting because they are being murdered by their government. They are fighting for even more liberty than our forefathers fought for. I hope they win. They need to win. They must win. Our country is sick with racism that for whatever reason we can't seem to let go of without a revolution.