By Eddy Montilla.
In Argentina, a lot of people took advantage of police officers’ absence “to delight in looting” when they were on strike. It seems that what restrain people these days from committing crime is not conscience, that part of your mind that tells you whether your actions are right or wrong, but bullets and the presence of uniformed police officers. And, in their haste to find someone to blame (police officers and opposition leaders blame the Government and the Government blames everybody except itself), the most important aspect of this problem went unnoticed: People who are responsible for this act of vandalism and looting are this group misnomered poor people.
We erroneously learned from society to see all people who don’t have money with a look of compassion. But these images of these people breaking glasses to get in private property can easily put an end to this false belief. Being poor is not synonymous with being a good person. Poor people like these looters are just a bad group of the lower classes of society waiting for a chance to “hit” people from upper positions. Are the owners of these shopping centers, supermarkets, despite exploiting their employees and speculating with prices worse than those who we saw on TV, those who went on a rampage of looting? No. They are the same; they belong to the same group, because a crime is a crime no matter if it was committed by a rich or poor person.
In terms of moral, true poor people are those who know that not even their condition of being part of the oppressed gives them the right to commit crimes and break the law. If all these people looted using the word poverty as a shield, I wonder what they would do if they held the sword of wealth. No, they are not poor people. They are criminals.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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