What sense does burning your own community to the ground make in protest of a police shooting? If your answer was “none,” you’re probably not affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
In what appeared to be a brief moment of sanity, the sister of Milwaukee shooting “victim” Sylville Smith almost came to this realization. Via The Blaze: Sherelle Smith, sister of the armed black man fatally shot by Milwaukee police, spoke to the press Sunday following hours of violent rioting prompted by Sylville Smith’s death.
Addressing multiple news outlets near a park not far from the BP gas station that protesters set ablaze Saturday night, Smith’s sisters spoke passionately about the about the grief and rage felt by the community. “I lost my brother. I can’t get him back. Never. Never. That’s pain. I can’t look him in the eye no more,” Sherelle said of 23-year-old Sylville, according to WITI-TV.
Kimberly Neal, Smith’s other sister, made a plea for peace. “At the end of the day, acting out ain’t gonna solve it. Ain’t gonna solve nothing for Sylville. The city went crazy (Saturrday) night over Syville. We tired of it. We tired,” she said.
Had the sisters left it at that, what they said would’ve been commendable. But no, they continued.
With cameras still rolling, Sherelle posed her own solution for what to do moving forward (Content warning: Strong language):
“Burning down s**t ain’t gonna help nothin’!” she yelled, referring to the rioting that ended with six businesses being burned down and the summoning of the National Guard. “You’re burning down s**t we need in our community. Take that s**t to the suburbs! Burn that s**t down!”
After that, she says “we need our s—, we need our weave! I don’t wear it, but we need it.” Glad to know hairstyles are at the forefront of her priorities.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]