These are not the types of stores you’d expect people who Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have said are just desperate for household essentials like bread and milk to target.There's a video clip at the link. A rally participant called Ariel Atkins even sounds a little bit like Sandy. “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, a BLM organizer, according to NBC Chicago. “That makes sure that person has clothes.” Yes, if you cash in the clothes for food. Or perhaps you trade them for food stamps, the way there's an economy cashing in detergent for food stamps.
But Black Lives Matter Chicago leaders have an explanation for that, explaining during their Monday rally that looting stores like Gucci and Macy’s is actually a form of “reparations”:
That post concludes with a denunciation of the local Democrat politicians. "And thanks to the feckless Democratic 'leaders' in those cities, there appears to be no end in sight to what radical Black Lives Matter agitators and their extremist Antifa allies can get away with." Other commentators in the populist blogosphere are reinforcing that message. Monica Showalter notes, "Want more unrest? Vote Democrat, it's all they have on offer." Power Line's John Hinderaker is more caustic. "The Democratic Party is virulently anti-American. There are two choices in November: the Republican Party and chaos, followed by irreversible decline." I'd like to reject that false binary wherever I can.
The most trenchant observation about Ms Atkin's talk might have belonged to Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams, something along the lines of "Looting is reparations? OK, that topic is dead as a serious political issue."