Now this lady qualifies as a local hero; she took to a megaphone to call out protestors in Philly after another night of looting. Excerpt:
The woman arrived briskly to the scene and immediately confronted a white, female protester before beginning her speech. She accused the protesters of creating havoc and violence, which closed businesses and prevented underprivileged families from getting necessities.
“They closed the CVS!” The woman exclaimed to the protester. “How are people supposed to buy soap?” The protester first called the woman a “f—ing wimp” and said that CVS was a bug business and could fix their broken storefront. Of the people who needed access to the looted and boarded up stores and city districts, the protester only said that there were “other places” people could go.
Sufficiently annoyed by the encounter, the woman strode to the middle of the National Guard line and picked up her microphone. First she gestured to the guardsmen saying they weren’t here because of crimes against black Americans, but that they were here because of rioting and looting.
“I’m gonna tell you about Black Lives Matter, cause I’m black,” she said. “90 percent black on black crime…where are you Black Lives Matter? why don’t you march on my f—ing block where they’re shooting everybody?”
“You’re not out here for racism, you’re not out here for oppression,” she said, “you’re out here utilizing racial injustice for your own self…every day we kill each other, where are you?”
“You have Americans committing acts of domestic terrorism,” she said of the rioters. “So hell, f—ing yeah, the military is coming to town mothef—er. Because nobody takes America. Nobody. That flag on their arm means something that you don’t understand.”
Note the first paragraph: She confronted a white female protestor. A black woman calling out a white protestor.
Here’s how she concluded:
“Stop putting your black and white hands up, cuz you don’t know what the f— this means,” she said. “As long as black people are killing each other, don’t…raise that f—ing fist. As long as black people are selling drugs and poisoning their communities, don’t raise that f—ing fist.”
“There is no power in killing your own race. There’s no power in poisoning your communities. Now put your f—ing fists down.” She ended her speech to subtle applause and jeers from the mostly white protesters who continuously lobbed insults at her as she expressed her frustration.
“Have a nice f—ing day,” she said as she left the scene.
Were I in Philly, I would seek this gutsy lady out, buy her a nice dinner and the adult beverage of her choice, because she’s saying things that need to be said.
It’s just too damn bad she doesn’t have more company.
And the whole thing is more than a little saddening, as these rioters and looters aren’t just closing down businesses now. A lot of these businesses won’t come back. Next, we’ll see protests because there are no grocery stores or restaurants serving these areas – and I can’t blame even one single business or business owner for refusing to rebuild a store wrecked by looters. And in a lot of cases, small businesses won’t be re-opened, as many insurance policies specifically exclude covering damage due to civil unrest.
Oh, and remember all the riots and looting when Mohamed Noor, a Somali-American Minneapolis police officer, fatally shot Justine Damond, an unarmed white woman? No? Me either.