I appreciate Nick's narrative of his involvement in the LA Riots because it reflects how at times we make choices an take action without thinking about the gravity of it. Although it's obvious he and his friend were joining the masses in an attempt to affect change, they got caught up in the energy of the moment and contributed towards the problem as well. It is a fine line between mob action that influences change and mob action that becomes chaotic madness- fate had it that the civil unrest (meritted as it was) tragically ended in te riots that destroyed so much.
Just to be clear, and again, without trying to defend my own actions, when I went downtown to Parker Center, it was to join anti-police brutality protest, not a riot. When we arrived, the situation had changed and things were out of control, as the story reflects. It was scary to see people being attacked on the freeway, but that was something I witnessed, and did not participate in. If I had participated in such a thing, it would have been as a victim, not as a perpetrator. I included that anecdote because it is one of the things that I saw that made me realize how far from reality my own thoughts and motivations truly were. Also, the people who cheered when the car fled the intersection after having its rear windshield shattered were cheering because the car got away, not because it was being attacked.