BLM Chicago rallies to support violence, calls looting ‘slave revolt’
After 100 people were arrested for looting in Chicago, Black Lives Matters (BLM) held a rally in support of the looting near the police station where the alleged looters where being held. BLM organizers said that the accused were just taking what society was denying them.
“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,” Ariel Atkins, a BLM organizer, told NBC Chicago. “That makes sure that person has clothes.”
Earlier in the day, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that the looting was criminal and had nothing to do with legitimate protests, despite BLM rhetoric to the contrary.
“To our residents, I want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to restore your homes and businesses,” Lightfoot said. “And to those who engage in that criminal behavior, let’s be clear, we are coming for you.”
But Chicago Police Superintendent, David Brown, who is Black, says that the looting was a consequence of allowing violent protests to occur over months with no consequences, a seeming slap at Lightfoot and Cook County District Attorney Kim Foxx, both of whom are also Black.
“Criminals took to the streets with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions,” Brown said, according to ABC News Chicago.
Foxx has a history of Black, progressive legal activism that has put her at odds with the Chicago Police Department. She oversaw the high-profile Jussie Smollett case, which thus far has generated only a slap on the wrist for Smollett’s alleged tall-tale about white men assaulting him in the very same neighborhood that was looted this week.
Brown says there is a lot of blame to go around. Police, says Brown, are “being shot at to make these arrests” during protests, but then the criminals are let go by Lightfoot and Foxx.
“Not many of those cases were prosecuted to the full extent,” Brown said according to Fox News. “These looters, these thieves, these criminals being emboldened by (the lack of) consequences … emboldened to do more,” said Brown as appeared in a press conference with Lightfoot.
BLM Chicago blasted back at the mayor and Brown, calling the looting a slave revolt.
BLM urged people not to lose sight of the theme of the looting: “this movement is about love, joy and liberation” featuring mostly white people.
PHOTO: Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune via AP/USA Today
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