These People Want to Convince Everyone That Looting Is A-Okay
, by Daisy Luther
Unfortunately, a whole bunch of irrational people are being given microphones and they're trying to tell us all why looting is not just okay, but actually awesome.
Looting is okay because it's "reparations"
First, there was the woman who spoke after the Magnificent Mile in Chicago was looted so ferociously that Mayor Lori Lightfoot pulled the drawbridge open to keep people out of the downtown area. I recently wrote:
According to a Black Lives Matter activist and organizer, Ariel Atkins, it was just "reparations." Atkins believes that anything the looters wish to damage or steal is owed to them. She made the radical statement at a solidarity rally in front of a Chicago police station, where people were gathered to support those who had been arrested.
"I don't care if somebody decides to loot a Gucci's or a Macy's or a Nike because that makes sure that that person eats. That makes sure that that person has clothes," Ariel Atkins said at a rally outside the South Loop police station Monday, local outlets reported.
"That's a reparation," Atkins said. "Anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance." (source)
At a time when more people than ever in the United States were willing to get on board and protest police brutality and racial violence, entitled statements like the one made by Atkins have served to return us to a place of absolute division. (source)