Like most people who know and love London, I have been shocked and disturbed to watch the events taking place there. While I don't consider myself ignorant to issues of social justice, I just can not join my liberal friends who find reason upon reason to explain the actions of the British youth looting and destroying the very neighborhoods they live in.
"What's the difference between looting and working the stock markets?" one friend asks.
"When you don't have anything and are told that your worth is based on what you own, of course you go a bit crazy," says another.
I'm sorry, but this, in the end, sounds like middle class liberal guilt for having what others do not. Would my friends be so tolerant of middle class kids behaving badly? Since when did immoral white collar behavior legitimize immoral working class and poor behavior? Why are we excusing one action because it's comparable to another one?
Of course the world is a racist, exclusionary, unfair place but there are enough people who know right from wrong, even in the ghetto. Excusing violent behavior based on social class is just as bad as blaming violent behavior based on social class.
I am not saying the anger is not understandable or ungrounded but I ask, why do liberals have such low moral expectations of the poor and working class?