During a 2016 Black Lives Matter riot that wreaked looting upon the shops of a black slum in Milwaukee, the sister of the man killed by the cops gave a memorable speech:
“Burnin’ down shit ain’t going to help nothin’! Y’all burnin’ down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down! We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it.* But we need it.”
* I.e., I have Good Hair.
But in 2020, the rioters have taken the We Need Our Weaves lady’s strategic insight to heart: why loot the crappy stores on your own street when you can just drive to Santa Monica and steal cool stuff?
Absolute Chaos along 4th street in Santa Monica… looting with impunity on both sides of the street. No police in sight. We’ve watched this happen to dozens of stores for 45 minutes now… pic.twitter.com/WOdEhIz3th
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBC) May 31, 2020