For Americans watching the events that have unfolded since George Floyd’s death in police custody in May, the Black Lives Matter movement’s various preoccupations have been whiplash inducing.
Initially they claimed to be a social justice organization that focused on highlighting police brutality and the injustices African Americans faced in their interactions with police. Within days their protest marches in support of police reform turned violent and destructive as looters rampaged through the business districts of major cities.
Next protesters began tearing down old statues, complaining that they were symbols of white supremacy. Soon they started calling for the defunding of police departments in order to direct money to black and brown communities.
Then came demands for reparations for the legacy of slavery, which the movement contends has created oppressive modern economic and social structures for blacks built on systemic racism.
The most shocking turn of events in the evolution of BLM’s radical socialist agenda took place on Tuesday. An organizer for Black Lives Matter members in Chicago boldly defended the actions of looters who robbed and vandalized luxury stores and boutiques in Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” shopping district on Monday, causing at least $60 million in losses.
“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 as she stood with protesters outside the Central District Police Station in the South Loop where looters were being held in custody. “That makes sure that person has clothes.
“That is reparations. Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.’
The rally was held to support the more than 100 people arrested for looting and injuring 13 police officers after a riot started in response to false reports that police shot an unarmed teenager. It turned out to be a 20-year-old armed suspect who fired on police when they attempted to apprehend him.
“There’s no such thing as a bad protester,” Atkins told the media. “Also, [we’re] demanding that police be defunded. Police should not be here. They should not exist, especially because we’re giving them all this money to beat and terrorize us. We’re giving them all this money when it’s like we’re in an actual pandemic and people need care right now, but you’re giving them police.
“We don’t need police,” Ms. Atkins said. “We need care.”
“I think [the looting] is fine,” she asserted. “People protest however they need to. People do whatever they need. These businesses have insurance. They can get it all back. We can’t get our lives back once they kill us. We can’t get rid of that trauma once you’ve been attacked by a police officer.”
Black Lives Matter Chicago also issued a statement claiming, “The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the [Chicago Police Department] is abolished and our black communities are fully invested in.”
The movement is attempting to conflate the issue of poverty with the bad acts and improper behavior of police officers in order to justify and support criminal behavior. In the process they are wreaking havoc on the communities they claim to care so much about.