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Poem: Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right"

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Summary of Poem

Two wrongs don't make a right is about the protests for George Floyd turning violent. The video of his last breath effects each one who watches it. Regardless of skin color, tears fall, but the destruction and lack of concern for others during a Covid-19 environment gives him no righteousness.


"Ohio Protests Over George Floyd's Death Turn Destructive" by WLWT

"Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right"

Misguided thoughts
as one watches the video of his last breath
believing the color of one’s skin
stops tears from falling.

Violent protests for equality
displaying pain fueled with anger
hurting innocent people along the way
seeing destruction in the streets
turn into aggressive riots,
knowing two wrongs do not make a right,
plagues us with sadness.

Putting others in danger
in a Covid-19 environment,
destroying the livelihood
of hardworking people,
gives no righteousness for his soul.

"Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 12, 2020:


I hope you are right.

The violence and destruction does not need to happen, but a local news reporter in Columbus Ohio lost his job for complaining about the vandalism.

I guess I need to consider the source before posting, but I watch it on my local tv channels here.

I couldn't find those ones on YouTube.

Thanks for responding and I am glad to hear some protests have been peaceful.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on June 12, 2020:

I agree with the point of your poem, Brenda.

Without excusing or condoning the vandalism and property destruction, consider that:

1) Estimates that I've seen put the percentage of killing of George Floyd protests that were nonviolent, peaceful, and law-abiding at between over 90% and over 99%.

2) Your TV news station, WLWT Channel 5, is owned by Hearst Television, which is owned by Hearst Communications, which is owned by Hearst Corporation, which is owned by (among others) members of the Hearst family. According to a commentary I happened to hear, such TV stations, expressing the outlook of their owners, play clips of acts of violence over and over to give the impression that the protests have been predominantly violent when actually they have not been. This is to discourage people from joining the protests. (Only the lack of a ride to get there kept me from joining any of the peaceful protests in my vicinity.)

3) There have been a great many cases across the country of police, without provocation and with no sane excuse, violently attacking and arresting participants in totally peaceful and law-abiding protest marches, showing over and over that American police forces and those who oversee them are in dire need of reform.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 12, 2020:


Thank you.

Rattle, a magazine I follow, has a weekly online contest for poetry responding to news...called Poets Respond.

So I dabble with that from time to time.

Have a great day.

Milly Light on June 11, 2020:

I like the creativity to make a poem out of that news and incident.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 10, 2020:


Thank you.

Enjoy your day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 10, 2020:


Thank you.

To me...the title tells the story.

There has to be a better way.

Thanks for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 10, 2020:


Thank you.

I am glad you like the title.

Have a great day.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on June 10, 2020:

100% Very Nice Poem & nice vedio Song

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 10, 2020:

Agree with you, and a great title to make your point.

Rioting, looting, causing harm to public property is not going to help anyone, in any society. One should let the law of the land, take it's course.

Thanks for sharing this important message, through your poem.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 09, 2020:

So true, the riots and looting are not how to remember George Floyd. An apt title for the poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 09, 2020:


Thank you.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 09, 2020:


Thank you so much.

It is definitely not the answer. It just leads to more tragedy.

Have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 09, 2020:


You are so right.

Thank you for reading.

I hope it stops soon. This is not the way.

Have a pleasant day.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on June 09, 2020:

So true.

Lorna Lamon on June 09, 2020:

This is unfortunately the case and the riots and looting can never be justified. This is not how George Floyd should be remembered and only detracts from the way he died. A poignant poem with a powerful message Brenda - well said.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 09, 2020:

You hit the nail squarely on the head. People rioting and looting only diminishes the act of hate used by the police when they killed an innocent black man.

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