So now that Darren Wilson will not be indicted, and there is rioting and protests across the country, it's probably a good time to talk about this. First, I did not follow all the details of this story, and my opinions don't have anything to do with judging who was in the wrong in the case. I will just say 1. I think it's ridiculous that anyone can kill another person and not have to go to trial regarding the killing. That goes for any and all killing, including home invasion shooting, police shooting, and accidental shooting. Indictment should be automatic IMO. You take someone's life and you should have to explain it, have your explanation make sense, or face punishment. That wasn't the case here. 2. Unfortunately... Rioting does work. I was there for the LA riots. I lived in Hollywood at the time, so I was not in the middle of them, but I remember them vividly. I also remember how much things changed for the police department in LA and the treatment of black people by the police after the riots. They uprooted the police force, changed the police chief, and began demanding the officers be held accountable for racially based arrests and and suspect police beatings. The city and the actions of the police definitely changed as a result. I'd also like people to note that every revolution/revolt in history could also be characterized as a riot. The term applied just changes the perception from good to bad, but in actuality, riot and revolution are exactly the same thing in concept. If it was successful and a significant turning point for the topic, it's a revolution. If it wasn't successful or a significant turning point, it's a riot. The spin on he characterization just depends on who is talking about the incident. People would say "It's so sad they're burning their own community", but IMO didn't understand that it worked. It got people to recognize what many people thought was an injustice, and things changed as a result. 3. There would be no rioting if it wasn't always a black person getting shot by the police in these situations. Whether you think it was justified or not in this case, this is happening because there is one story after another of a black person getting shot and killed by the police, and when scrutinized, the shooting does not appear to be justified.