Of course not.
More looting, means more power. And it also means more opportunities to blackmail stores and major national chains into paying protection money to BLM. The apparent power to turn the violence on or off is the direct pathway to political power. Ask the PLO or Al Sharpton or BLM.
The rally was organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago and was held at a police station in the South Loop where organizers say individuals are currently being held in custody. At least one organizer called the looting tantamount to “reparations.”
“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats,” said Ariel Atkins, a BLM organizer, according to NBC Chicago. “That makes sure that person has clothes.”
“That is reparations,” Atkins continued. “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”
1. Nobody lacks for food in Chicago. A city filled to the brim with social services giving away free stuff. Nobody loots Gucci or Macy’s for food. Luxury retailers don’t stock food. And the people renting Uhauls to loot stores (if only Chicago’s Democrat leaders were actually interested in tracking that information down and busting those responsible) are not lacking food. They’re making lots of money.
But this same excuse has been used by apologists for looting and rioting before. It’s just especially laughable when applied to a Gucci store.
2. This is the logic of reparations. I’m a victim so I can steal stuff. As Democrats take reparations and transform it into a mainstream position, this is the result.
3. Insurance doesn’t mean businesses don’t suffer losses. A whole bunch of businesses don’t even have insurance during the pandemic. And insurance only pays so much and raises rates. Stores then raise their prices. Another cost of the Black Lives Matter riots.
4. After comments like this, it’s abundantly clear that referring to BLM marches as peaceful protests is editorial malfeasance.