Here follows several observations by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke about the root causes of the riots and arson that plagued the city of Milwaukee over the August 13-14 weekend.

“What causes riots are failed liberal urban policies in these ghettos,” Clarke told Fox Business. “Milwaukee has inescapable poverty. We’re like the sixth poorest city in America. They have failing public schools… You have massive black unemployment… You have dysfunctional families, you have father-absent homes, you have questionable lifestyle choices.” “What causes riots are failed liberal urban policies in these ghettos,” Clarke told Fox Business. “Milwaukee has inescapable poverty. We’re like the sixth poorest city in America. They have failing public schools… You have massive black unemployment… You have dysfunctional families, you have father-absent homes, you have questionable lifestyle choices.”

“Those are the ingredients for for a riot,” he insisted. “And then a police shooting comes along and just acts as an igniter to an already volatile situation.”

Tribal behavior

 
In an interview hours after having called in the Wisconsin National Guard, he said “I feel for these individuals,” he said. “They might be unemployed but they’re good law-abiding people and they need help. But they’re not getting it from this Democrat [SIC] liberal class of politicians who have reigned over this thing for decades.”
 
“Like I said, the economic state in Milwaukee today wasn’t like this when I was growing up as a kid here. This happened over time under their watch, pushing the growth of the welfare state.”
 
In an opinion article published by The Hill, Clarke said that complete cultural dysfunction was at the root of the rioting and arson in Milwaukee. “What happened Saturday night and again Sunday night had little to do with police use of force — it was a collapse of the social order where tribal behavior leads to reacting to circumstances instead of waiting for facts to emerge.”

No hope, no stake in American Dream

 
Blaming liberal policies of the Democratic party, Clarke also wrote, “The actions were the manifestation of a population with no hope, no stake in the American dream that could provide advancement and purpose and pride of self. They are the ones lied to, exploited by and ultimately manipulated by the Democrats who claim to care. They are victims of the left, but they are not without blame.”
 
Clarke noted that there was no rioting over gang violence in Milwaukee and Chicago. On Twitter, he wrote, “Four murdered, 9 shot in Milwaukee Fri night/Sat morning. Silence. 1 cop kills an ARMED black guy & riots break out?” In another tweet, Clarke wrote:  “No rioting or Black LIES Matter sightings. Many victims are black btw. Wait til a Chicago officer uses force tho.”

Self reflection

 
Clarke called for self-reflection in the community. While Democrat policies played a role in the riot, Clarke did not let the rioters off the hook. Calling on the community to take a look at itself, he said, “The officer-involved-shooting was simply a catalyst that ignited the already volatile mixture of inescapable poverty, failing K-12 public schools, dysfunctional lifestyle choices like father-absent homes, gang involvement, drug/alcohol abuse and massive unemployment….A self-examination and self-criticism by the underclass is in order as well – as is an admission by Progressive Democrats that they have failed Milwaukee would be the first step in reversing this urban decay.”
 
Over the August 13-14 weekend, Clarke spoke CNN‘s Don Lemon and called out the Black Lives Matter movement for inciting violence. “This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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