A video that went viral during last week’s riots showed a middle-aged African-American woman standing in front of her burned-out business yelling, “You say black lives matter, well I’m black, too, doesn’t my life matter?”
Photos of two victims of the mob violence were featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, both from Philadelphia. One was Ife Abubakr, a woman of color standing in front of her burned-out child care center, and the other was Masum Siddiquee, who lost $200,000 worth of goods to fire and looters from his MN Fashion and Jewelry store. Dozens of other businesses were burned out and looted in the “City of Brotherly Love.”
But Philly was not hit nearly as hard as Minneapolis, the city in which George Floyd was killed by a police officer by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes on Monday, May 25. During the first three nights of protests, 130 Minneapolis businesses were destroyed by the mob. Yes, you read that right, 130.
Following the “leadership” of the city’s Democrat mayor, the police took a hands-off approach and watched their city burn, not bothering to arrest the criminals who were burning and looting the stores. A Wall Street Journal reporter said he personally saw police “stand and watch” or “walk away” while stores were being destroyed. Unbelievably, they even allowed the Third Precinct Police Station to be destroyed.
Some Minneapolis store owners tried to defend their property with their bare hands, and others resorted to guns for protection. One jewelry-store owner shot and killed a looter, and the owner was arrested. A store owner in Philadelphia fared better after he shot and killed one of the criminals trying to burn down his business. The mayor of Philadelphia admitted that the owner had a right to shoot, but denounced him as a “vigilante.” But the store owner had no alternative except to let his business be burned down.
Finally the Minneapolis mayor wisely called in the National Guard, which helped improve the strength of the city’s law-enforcement effort, so things calmed down somewhat. Other mayors, such as the totally incompetent leader of New York City, Bill de Blasio, refused to let the National Guard in, saying, “Things always get worse when you bring in outside forces.” As a result, New York City has been simply devastated for seven nights. The mayors don’t seem to realize the long-range damage that is being done to their cities.
That’s the way it went all across the country last week as Democrat mayors spent more time trying to win the protesters’ approval than halting the violence. Their cavalier attitude toward business owners was ridiculous, even for them, as they said, “Buildings are only brick and mortar.” But those buildings also represented people’s dreams and livelihoods. How many of them will be able to rebuild, and why would they want to do business again in that neighborhood?
These elected officials apparently don’t care that the destruction of businesses hurts the most vulnerable people in those neighborhoods, including minority citizens who no longer have supermarkets, pharmacies or other amenities close by. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, an African-American, deserves kudos for making an impassioned plea to the protesters not to burn down their own communities, but otherwise political correctness prevailed among the big-city mayors. After all, it’s much easier to do nothing than it is to confront a violent mob.
Among the mayors’ top duties is to protect people and property; they failed miserably in both cases.
The mayors and their followers say that rioters account for a small percentage of the protest movement, but I’m not sure I agree. For one thing, wherever Black Lives Matter groups go, violence is sure to follow, whether it’s on our nation’s streets or college campuses. You can count on it.
Pardon me for not being a Black Lives Matter fan, but the group is very selective about which black lives actually matter. They seem interested only in blacks who are killed by police, not the ones who are killed by other blacks every day across the country.
By the way, I just don’t get it why protesters-turned-rioters would burn down their local community. While I don’t agree with such actions, I can at least see the logic of burning police cars and attacking officers if they hate the police so much. But it’s a mystery to me why they would burn down and loot black-owned businesses that local minority citizens badly need.
I think that proves there is a percentage of protesters that is interested only in destruction and chaos, with no connection to the death of George Floyd.