The Cincinnati Riots

American Voicespatriotism ISSUE 37•15 Apr 25, 2001

Riots erupted in Cincinnati last week following the shooting death of an unarmed black man by police officers. What do you think about the latest such incident?

  • “It's no surprise that these types of situations occur. Our police are overworked and underpaid and mostly really stupid.”

    Dianne Chester –
    Piano Teacher

  • “If black people are going to act like animals every time they're treated like animals, racists like me will never respect them.”

    Ira Richmond –
    Business Owner

  • “Riots are tragic releases following years of pent-up rage and despair. Unless they occur after a sports championship. Those rule.”

    Bob Edmondson –
    Plumber

  • “This is the worst thing to happen in Cincinnati since that radio station dropped all those flightless Thanksgiving turkeys from a helicopter.”

    Amil Gopalakian –
    Cashier

  • “I know there's racism, but the police are under a lot of pressure. So the next time a cop is braining me, I'm going to relax, count to 10, and try my best to see his point of view.”

    Jerome Barker –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I'm sure that if Cincinnati's blacks and whites just sat down and talked honestly about their feelings, it would combust into violence 10 times worse than those riots.”

    Anita Holcomb –
    Speech Therapist