7 Biggest Rioting Fails: Fighting for Racial Justice Is Hard

While protests in response to the death of George Floyd continue to flare across American cities, some have capitalized on the resulting social upheaval by turning to looting and rioting. And many are finding that fighting for racial justice isn’t as easy as it seems.

Here are seven of the biggest rioting fails yet.
“Do you even riot, bro?”: A Fayetteville, North Carolina protester accidentally lit himself on fire while trying to ignite a Molotov cocktail, according to New Jersey’s Shore News Network.

Win stupid prizes: A 24-year-old man who allegedly used explosives to try to blow up an ATM in Philadelphia was pronounced dead on Tuesday, Fox 29 reported.
  • The man was transported to a local hospital after suffering severe injuries at the scene.
  • Police received multiple reports overnight of people trying to blow up ATMs around Philadelphia and believe the incidents were “coordinated.”
Friendly fire: Los Angeles protesters smashed a dumpster into one of their own, and the entire scene was captured live by NBC affiliate KNBC.
A brand new iMac: In a video widely disseminated on social media on Monday, an apparent looter learns about honor among thieves. Ouch: A Dallas looter was seen running face first into a window while trying to flee a store. That's some strong glass: A Grands Rapids, Michigan protester was forced to concede defeat after repeatedly trying and failing to break a window. He's so grounded: Brian Bartels, a 20-year-old man accused of inciting violence during protests in Pittsburgh, turned himself into police on Monday and his mom and dad tagged along. The bigger picture: Some on the left have spoken up in defense of looting as a legitimate form of social protest used by the disenfranchised to strike back at capitalist and white supremacist institutions. Counterpoint: Others argue that the truth is far less complex:
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