Some snippets from the SFGate piece...
The roving mob expressed fury at police and frustration over society's racial injustice. Yet the demonstrators were often indiscriminate, frequently targeting the businesses and prized possessions of people of color.
They smashed a hair salon, a pharmacy and several restaurants. Police in riot gear tried to control the crowd, but some people retreated along 14th Street and bashed cars along the way.
The mob smashed the windows at Creative African Braids on 14th Street, and a woman walked out of the shop holding a baby in her arms.
"This is our business," shouted Leemu Topka, the black owner of the salon she started four years ago. "This is our shop. This is what you call a protest?"
"I feel like the night is going great," said Nia Sykes, 24, of San Francisco, one of the demonstrators. "I feel like Oakland should make some noise. This is how we need to fight back. It's for the murder of a black male."
Sykes, who is black, had little sympathy for the owner of Creative African Braids.
"She should be glad she just lost her business and not her life," Sykes said. She added that she did have one worry for the night: "I just hope nobody gets shot or killed." (Yeah... I'll bet she's REAL worried that cops and white people DON'T get shot tonight!)
Near 14th and Alice streets, Myron Bell was taking dance lessons in "step," a form of dance popular among African Americans, when he looked out the window and saw people jumping on his Lexus sedan.
Bell, 42, came out to find that almost all of the car's windows, including the front and back had been smashed and it appeared that someone had tried to set the car on fire.
"I'm for the cause," said Bell, who is black. "But I'm against the violence and destruction."
Nearby, Godhuli Bose stood near her smashed Toyota Corolla as a man walked by, repeatedly called her a misogynist slur and then added, "F- your car."
Bose, a high school teacher, said: "I can't afford this."
Mandingo Hayes (himself an "activist," criminal, and all around piece of shit), who is black, said he participated in the protest because "we're tired of all these police agencies getting away with shooting unarmed black and Latino males."
(Like the four fine, upstanding Latino males charged in a gang rape of a Lesbian in Richmond? The Bart shooting may have been an accident, clearly NOT the case here. A possibly negligent shooting of a black man trumps a brutal premeditated gang-rape of a white woman any day!)
And this... apparently for laughs...
The core group of the mob appeared to be about 40 people, several of whom were with Revolution Books, a Berkeley bookstore. A man distributed the "Revolution" newspaper - whose tagline is "voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, U.S.A." - as he shouted "This whole damn system is guilty!"
The BART police department has had problems in the past, mainly because of what they have to deal with. And obviously the officer in question should be tried for murder, if murder is actually what happened.
But, seriously... as far as rioting against the violence perpetrated against blacks by whites... can we cut the bullshit and get real for a second?
If killers in this society have a face, then that face is black. Blacks commit far and away most of the crime in this and every other city. A white person killing a black person in this society is news because it is so rare, hardly the case the other way around. White on black rape is virtually non-existent, occurring approximately 1,000 TIMES less often than the other way around.
But don't try telling that to the thugs in Oakland. They believe everything is a racist conspiracy. THEY HAVE TO. Because the alternative is to take responsibility for their own damn lives. To work. To stop leeching off of society. To actually marry the woman they knock up. To raise their kids not to be thug scum.
Blacks kill whites every day in this country and there are no riots. Any white person who even dares to bring up black criminality is immediately branded a racist or worse. But it is the truth, and everyone knows it's the truth.
No justice? No peace? No honesty! No respect!