I am as shocked as anybody else. What's going on is horrible, and I am afraid it's only a matter of time, if this goes on, before somebody gets burned alive.
But a very disturbing shade of racism is emerging in the coverage I am watching (yes, I know, BBC News 24 is not the best the BBC has to offer, and the Today program was A BIT better.)
For example, the pub manager last night, whom I felt a lot of sympathy for, still felt it necessary to say that the old and fragile woman in his pub was "white".
I have seen only one non-white people being interviewed. He was upset and emotional, but he was treated with far less respect than the jolly good ol' boy Tory MP from Lincoln.
Of course they are thugs and thieves. The problem is, why do we have so many thugs and thieves? I don't find it all that surprising that people with no jobs and no future - black or white - and who keep being stopped and searched by police every time the get out the street (overwhelmingly non-white) might be cheered by a sudden carnival of smashing and grabbing.
One of the thing the elderly black gentleman was saying was "my nephew thought he was coming on age when he was stopped and searched by the police for the first time. He asked his father: Dad, how many times have you been searched by the police? His dad said that he had lost count a long time ago."
How many of us have ever been stopped and searched by the police? And how would we feel about them the third time it happened, especially if we had done nothing wrong? Understanding and sympathetic?