Quiet Riots by Dr Kareem R. Muhammad – Free Preview

“…..Nothing was ever anybody’s fault. Winthrop Clark had been convicted of murder, though he claimed it was self-defense, but it sounded to Victor like more of a bout of temporary insanity. With his plaid shirt, loafers, spectacles and Mr. Rogers sweater no one would have ever guessed that Winthrop would be here by looking at him. And unlike Antoine who Victor would come to find had an extensive history of alcoholism in his family that spanned five generations, or Fish who sacrificed his football scholarship at the University of Kentucky to return home and support his first child, there was nothing in Winthrop’s background that would suggest this kind of outcome. Winthrop was a devoted husband and father of three. He paid his taxes. He attended church on Sundays instead of watching football and kept his lawn in such good care that his home won several beautification awards. He had recently been promoted chairman of the Board of Directors at Northwestern Hospital three months to the day before he walked in and shot up the 12th floor offices, killing 22, wounding 8. On the news that night all his friends, family and colleagues talked about how they were totally blindsided by this and how Winthrop seemed like the nicest guy and never had an ill word for anyone. Then out of nowhere, he just snapped, though it was Winthrop’s claim throughout his trial that he was simply defending himself against a government plot to kill him. But Victor knew that nobody just snapped out of nowhere. No. These things simmer, bubbling, festering and building up over time and exploding into the atmosphere like molten lava. Anyone had the capability of being a Winthrop. There was so much pressure applied on people of all walks of life in today’s society, that the laws of nature made it where every once in a while people would be forced to push back…..”

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