The faulty guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, likely to be overturned as it is, has emboldened BLM supporters and activists, leading to hostility and violence. There was, of course, the now-famous response of Lebron James, who posted an image of a white police officer with the comment, “Time’s up, you’re next.”
In today’s toxic political climate, that alone is enough to get somebody killed. Leftist activists these days have been very keen to show up on people’s front lawns, harass and assault them. If that had happened to the police officer James featured in his tweet, it could have been the beginning of a devastating lawsuit. But this is just an example of what happens when you bow down to the mob.
Over the last 12 hours, reports about jury members from the Chauvin trial saying that they gave the guilty verdict solely because they were afraid of BLM have been coming in.
It has always been a bad idea to bow down to the mob. But this mob in particular has an intense violent streak. Now, BLM members and supporters in New York are telling restaurant owners and patrons to get out of NYC in the bluntest terms possible.
A video has been making the rounds on the Internet showing BLM supporters yelling in the faces of diners saying, “Get the f–k out of New York! We don’t want you here.” According to a tweet by Eric Thomas, the protesters mentioned that they believed the restaurants were owned by “white gentrifiers.”
Other chants were heard saying things like “We don’t want your taquerias owned by white men!” and “We don’t want your money,” and “One solution, revolution,” as quoted by Eric Thomas.
The mob rambled across the Manhattan Bridge holding signs the read “Abolish the NYPD” with images of bloody handprints streaking down the sign. As always, the signs appeared to be of such professional quality that is unclear how a bunch of angry rabble could produce them on short notice. These riots took place on the same day as the verdict was announced, indicating that they had little time to plan.
These riots, reminiscent of Maoist-style “struggle sessions” started appearing more than a year ago. They are typified by so-called protesters going to restaurants and surrounding white people, mostly women, and demanding that they say something in support of their cause, get down on their knees and beg for forgiveness, or hold a hand up in the shape of a fist. Just as they did last year, the media is declaring them “mostly peaceful,” and condemning anyone who criticizes the perpetrators of these horrendous events.
Over the last five or six years, we have learned that the worst thing you can do is to acquiesce or apologize to leftists and bloody-minded deconstructionists. Once you do, they will smell blood in the water. They do not see capitulation as redemptive or praiseworthy. They see it as an opening for the violence that had been in their minds from inception.