Interview with Dr. Grant Friley

You talked about looting in terms of you know, it was OK to buy milk, to take milk but, and bread, but can you talk about the looting and what your sense was?


Well, ah, I don't believe we're ever in the position to say what's in the mind of a person who is in need of something, OK? So here's a grocery store or a market that has been fire bombed or the windows are busted out, and you're in the inner city, and you see a 13 or 14 year old child go in and come out with, ah, bologna, bread, milk, cheese, OK? You take a deep breath and you know it's wrong, but you can understand that growing up in poverty in the inner city, to be able to get something for nothing, ah, you don't turn your back on it, they did it. But then you get highly frustrated and angry at people taking advantage of the same situation and the television store next door, OK. You say, "I'm doing this because we don't have anything." But you walk by the grocery store and the bread and the milk, and you go in and you grab television sets, and watches, and rings and everything that's available--that's wrong. I don't give a damn whether it was the 1967 in- insurrection, or whether it's 1989, it's wrong.