posted on Oct, 20 2005 @ 05:04 PM
I live in Toledo, OH and although I wasn't in the thick of things, I only live 10 mins or so from that part of town. I have 3 fellow employees that
live in that area and some of them couldn't even come to work the next day. There was a bar burnt up, a gas station and 7-11 looted, cars tipped
over, assaults, and just random senseless violence.
Nothing can justify rioting like this, however it's very clear to me why these people were pissed, I mean this NSM "organization" pretty much
picked a mostly black neighborhood to demonstrate and stood surrounded by cops shouting racial slurs in a blatant attempt to start #, well they
got it. The most ridiculous part, they are supposed to be coming back any day now and there is not much the Mayor can do to stop it, he is trying to
find loopholes and ways around the law but its not that easy. Rumor is that some of the nazi's may still be here hiding out in shops whose owners
offered as protection from the rioters :puz
Toledo does have a good amount of racial tension in its recent history, but I'm not real sure how it would compare to similiar cities as I have never
lived anywhere else. There have been race riots here before, only a few I can think of though, one incident I'm sure of was 1995 I think at Rogers
High School, mass violence broke out and tons of police were called in. I went to Rogers as a Freshman the year after that and heard all the stories,
and it didn't suprise me either because I had been the victim of at the very least racist comments from people for no apparent reason. A few years
back there was a KKK rally here and similiar but not as intense violence broke out then too.
I am white and lived in a 95% black neighborhood on the southside of Toledo for 17 years and I dealt with my fair share of unprovoked racism and
violence in one way or another, but I didn't let it turn me into a bigot myself, that is not the answer.
Groups like NSM and the KKK are immoral and evil and should not be allowed to incite chaos like this, but I dont see the laws changing anytime soon to
prevent it, not many politicians seem to care about blacks enough to do that.
[edit on 10/20/2005 by JKersteJr]