“We Can Take Anything We Want!” With a report from Andy Vaught of SNO
Finally. No more lies about police brutality and the legacy of slavery. Black Lives Matter goes on the record with its mission statement. BLM organizer Ariel Atkins, describing the looting in Chicago as 'reparations,' declared:
"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, that makes sure that person has clothes."
And not just any clothes, but clothes that make you feel good about yourself, clothes you can trade for drugs. As we used to say in the 1960's:
Ariel, as if she might have left something in doubt, added this:
Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.
Andy Vaught, our crack reporter from SNO News was there and asked on of the demonstrators if he agreed with Miss Atkins. In his own words, Andy explained,
"I couldn't get everything he said. He was pretty angry and all that years I spent in Scandinavia, where everyone speaks standard English, did not prepare me for Chicago. Anyway, here is what he said, Englished and cleaned up for your family-values readers:
Everybody knows, insurance doesn't cost anything to anyone. And, if you can't afford to pay your property and casualty, the government will pay it. Everybody knows.
When I suggested that this would mean higher prices and higher taxes, he dismissed the idea with contempt.
Whatchoo talkin about? I don't pay no taxes, and when I takes what I wants, I ain't payin nothin. What are you, stupid?
At this point I delicately suggested that some of the people in the movement have not limited their activities to robbing stores to acquire useful items like food and clothing and alcoholic beverages. Some have robbed jewelry stores and broken into houses. "What, " I asked, "Do you have to say about that? Surely, you'd wish to condemn such behavior."
Everybody knows, if I have the right to carry automatic weapons and threaten people with them, to set fires, break in stores, and shoot cops if they has the audacity to interfere, I have the same right to break into anybody's home, including your next-door neighbor, steal his movables, assault his wife and daughters, all with remunity--I just learned that means the government gots to pay you for every crime they force you to commit.
I suggested that I was not able entirely to follow his argument. I could understand why, because of past injustices, he was demanding reparations from the government, but what could possibly justify armed robbery and looting of private property. He smiled at my ignorance
Didn't you go to school? Everybody knows that the sins of your ancestors, will be visited upon their descendants down to the umpteenth generation, and, whatever good deeds they did in rescuing us from devil-worshipping cannibals, feeding and clothing us, and teaching us the rudiments of decency--that don't mean sh-t.
There was some white guy said who said in somethin we had to read in high school.
The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft. interred with their bones.
Yeah, what he said.
But, I persisted--I really couldn't help myself--what about black-owned businesses and homeowners?
If they own a store, how they get the money. I ask you. They got it by robbing their brother and sisters, that's the only way anyone makes money in this country. s Buncha Uncle Toms deserve everything they get.
I started to ask him: "Let's just say, for the sake of argument--"
I ain't arguin, I'm telling you.. You ain't tellin me nothin.
"What I mean is, let's say I agree with you. Isn't all this a bit counter-productive?"
No, you pullin something on me. Counter-productive!
"Look, if you keep this up, all these stores will close down. Then what will you do?"
How the hell do I know. That's next year or next week. This is what we doin today. Next week, maybe we go to the suburbs or--where you live? We could come there.
"But surely you can see that if you keep this up, you could be electing Donald Trump."
You think that makes a difference? He ain't doin nothin now, and he won't do anythin if he gets elected. Chicago's our city now, boy, and you better move along, before somethin happens to you. IF white people had any guts, we'd never have dreamed of doin any of this.