MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor: Zimmerman Riots Prediction ‘Defies History,’ Riots Result From ‘Economic Conditions’

Source: Noah Rothman / Mediaite

MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor was asked to weigh in on the Broward County Sheriff’s Department releasing a video instructing residents to refrain from violent demonstrations in the event that the jury does not find George Zimmerman guilty of murdering Tryavon Martin. Taylor found the implication that there will be riots offensive, but noted that it was impossible for riots to erupt in this case because violent events like that arise primarily out of economic deprivation.

“I believe it’s perfectly reasonable for law enforcement to make all precaution they think are necessary in case there are very civil protests that happen, you know, on the back of this verdict or if there are other kinds of protests,” Taylor said.

She added, however, that “on social networks” and “commentators across other network” are propagating the “idea that there will be violent rioting on the back of this verdict.” She noted that the idea that there will be riots “defies history” and is “irresponsible.”

“If you know anything – anything at all – about the anatomy of, the structure of riots, over historical underpinnings, it has a lot more to do than just about race,” Taylor added. “Largely, riots are the result of economic conditions and that there is a flashpoint.”

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