Originally Published in The Baltimore Sun
The First Amendment guarantees the right of peaceful assembly for the redress of grievances. But what is peaceful about the destruction of homes and the burning of buildings across Baltimore? (“Baltimore descends into chaos, violence, looting,” April 28.)
The protests have been anything but peaceful and have spurred violent outbreaks throughout the city that put innocent people at risk.
Though action should be taken against police brutality, violence is not the right way to go about it. How does destroying the city of Baltimore bring justice to all those who are victims of police brutality?
The only solution is one that shares peace and love among all the members of the community, not one that rips the community apart.
As civil rights activist Mohandas K. Gandhi once observed: “I object to violence because even when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”