America is in chaos right now.
We’re dealing with catastrophes on all fronts; the Chinese coronavirus continues to ravage thousands of Americans daily, riots and looting are erupting over the death of George Floyd, and to top it off, Republicans’ and Democrats’ hatred for each other grows every day.
And amid the chaos, former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman had one message for looters you won’t believe.
Since the late 1990s, the only time former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman makes the news is if it has something to do with his friend, North Korea Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un.
But ESPN just released their 10-part series “The Last Dance” depicting the rise of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls dynasty, particularly focusing on the turmoil of the 1998 season when they won their sixth and last championship.
Since then, the media has been reporting on all of the Bulls legends featured in the documentary.
For instance, Michael Jordan has notoriously lived a very private life. When tragic events occur, Jordan is largely silent.
But following “The Last Dance,” Jordan has oddly reversed course and said he would donate $100 million over the course of the next ten years in coordination with the Black Lives Matter movement.
That becomes instant news, not just because he’s the most famous athlete who has ever lived, but the narrative about his legend was just reaffirmed to millions across the country over the documentary.
They become the news, albeit largely inadvertently. For example, what happened to the people depicted in Netflix’s “Tiger King.” There are near-daily updates on what those people are doing or what has unfolded since.
And that’s why Dennis Rodman’s recent Instagram post became news.
Rodman had some strong words for those rioting and looting in the name of George Floyd, who was killed by asphyxiation on the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota recently.
Rodman said, “It’s a bad situation and I think that we should all understand there’s a new generation. People my age knew about the Rodney King thing and things started to happen. People looting, setting fires, damaging people’s homes, businesses, stuff like that.”
He’s right. There’s a lot of misplaced anger towards small business owners who were never the problem. They’re shamelessly destroying livelihoods to prove a point.
Rodman also added, “And now we have this incident. I think someone needs to come out and say, ‘Hey guys, why are we looting Why are we stealing? Why are we creating more issues, more problems, stuff like that. Let’s get to the head of what’s really going on,’ This is a bad, bad situation. You’ve got to protest in the right way. You don’t have to go and burn down things, steal things, burn things, stuff like that. We have to keep things together. We’ve got enough issues with the COVID virus right now. We have enough issues. But for this to happen right now, we just add to it.”
How can anybody argue with that? Looting causes more problems and even exacerbates old ones in some cases wherein the prime example was the Los Angeles riots in 1992 that sparked over the LAPD’s unwarranted beating of Rodney King.
Rodman concluded, “You got people, big corporations closing stores because people are looting. Why? Why are we doing this? Why are we hurting each other again? Why not just help each other, hold each other’s hands, and try to solve the problem? We didn’t create this problem but guess what, we can help. Especially the new generation today. The 21st-century generation. Help us as older individuals who understand this. Don’t add to it. Do not add to it. Help us and help everybody right now. We’ve got too many issues right now, and this is a bad one right now. We’ve got to all come together and try to help each other and try to get through all this situation. Please, please understand. We have to live together. We’re human beings. We’re not f–king animals. We’re human beings.”
This is a strong sentiment that needs to be listened to and understood before America turns into a third-world country. We’re the most powerful country in the world and we need to act accordingly despite obvious detractors.