Pictures Speak

There has been a picture circulating the internet in the recent years after the country’s police brutality instances. It is of a young man running from the police, who are dressed head to toe in full riot gear. The picture is in black and white, viewers are to assume that the picture was taken some time in the 1950s. Unfortunately, the picture was taken just a few months ago after the 2015 riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Riots are not uncommon in this country. There are often instances where the destruction of property seems to make no sense at all. For example, in 1999 the Denver Broncos won the coveted Super Bowl. Fans were so ecstatic that they took to the streets and began to celebrate. A mixture of emotions and alcohol quickly turned violent. A massive riot was started and police had to be called in to break up the rowdy crowd. Instances where something positive entices violence are hardly ever logical. YouTube-famous Dr. Daniel Amen understands the chemical effects mob-mentality can have on a human. The Baltimore riots however seemed to serve a point. BuzzFeed has data from psychologists who have decided to break down what’s really behind the act of rioting. Especially when a person or a group of people are under oppression from authority. An American University psychologist has said that historically, change only comes to a city after it is devastated by rioting. “If we don’t respond to police violence unless communities erupt, then communities will erupt.”