About 100 teenagers swarmed from a McDonald’s to Trader Joe’s to a new Target store during a riot in East Liberty on Sunday, police said.
Police said the trouble started at Mellon Park, where Mount Ararat Baptist Church had just wrapped up its community picnic.
The Rev. Linda Oliver said that out of an estimated attendance of over 3,000 people, only a fraction of those people are responsible for starting the trouble.
“We had a few fights that broke out with the young people,” said Oliver.
When reporter Dave Bondy arrived at the scene, police were everywhere. At least a dozen officers were ordering hundreds of teenagers to leave Penn Avenue.
A group of juveniles ran into Target and, according to an employee, they caused a mess in the toy aisle.
“They came in Target, they were throwing chairs, everybody went running,” said witness Shauny Bowe.
“Everybody was just running everywhere,” said Bowe. “They went to McDonald’s, and they told people to get out, cussing and swearing. They were about to taze people. I was scared for my life.”
Must be the social advocacy preached at the church.
Pastor Curtis: “Black and Christian in the 21st century means to love God and worship Him, not divorcing onesself from the context of racism and classism that demands our social advocacy and pursuit of our racial harmony”
Food for thought:
“Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.”
– “Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology”, in African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, by William R Jones, ed Cornel West and Eddie Glaube (Westminster John Knox Press).
Speaking of classism, Curtis should drop by some of the homes owned by the leading proponent of Black Liberation Theology, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, he lives in wealth and luxury in affluent neigborhoods populated with the white people he hates.
‘Spread the wealth’ using race as a tool.