Black Men Debate: "President Said If You Loot, We Shoot," "At This Point, I'm Ready To Die," "Come Up With A Better Way" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Black Men Debate: "President Said If You Loot, We Shoot," "At This Point, I'm Ready To Die," "Come Up With A Better Way"

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A 45-year-old black man debates a 31-year old black man about how to educate a 16-year-old about how to stop cycles of violence during Saturday's nationwide protests.

"We've been standing around as the older ones taking all this bullshit," the older man said. "Always standing around for a kumbaya. Ain't nobody coming to protect us. We gotta start our own lives."

"I understand," said the younger man. "But look at this kid right here. He's 16."


"They're gonna kill him next week," replied the older man.

"This ain't the way," the younger man said, pointing to the protest. "They're ready to let loose -- the United States President said if you loot we shoot."

"I know it, but it is time to stand up. At this point, I'm ready to die."

"Let me tell you something," said the younger man to the 16-year-old. "What you're seeing right now is going to happen ten years from now. When you're 25 you're going to be doing the same thing I'm doing. In ten years, you're going to be right here too. So what I need you to do right now at 16 is come up with a better way, because how we're doing it isn't working. He's angry at 46, I'm angry at 31, you angry at 16. You understand me? Putting yourself in harm's way is not the way."

"Yes, sir."

"You and your counterparts the same age have that same power to come up with a better way because we ain't doing it. I have a five-year-old son, and it ain't happening. I marched four years ago and did the same shit y'all doing. The same exact thing, night after night after night. It don't matter. Come up with a better way. Do you understand me? Keep yourself safe."
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