Looting Comes to the Suburbs

Looting Comes to the Suburbs. By John Hinderaker.

Beginning with the George Floyd riots, liberals have generally taken the position that rioting, looting and arson are just fine, as long as they are done in a righteous cause.

This was what the anti-Rittenhouse hysteria was all about: how dare he try to interfere with rioting and arson, carried out by Antifa and BLM? Liberals are generally of the view that looting and arson only damage property, and property doesn’t matter. Besides, all that property is insured, right? …

Smug leftists will change their minds as violence comes to their enclaves:

Cities like Portland, Minneapolis and San Francisco have been devastated by rioting and looting. But smug suburban liberals haven’t seemed to mind much, as long as crime was confined to urban centers like Minneapolis and San Francisco, where, on Friday night, Union Square was looted. But what will they think when disorder strikes closer to home?

Last night, an organized gang of looters struck the Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek, California. Walnut Creek is a prosperous community of around 64,000, 85% white and Asian. The raid was well-coordinated, as 25 cars blocked the street in front of the store while dozens of looters ran inside, stole merchandise, and left in the waiting vehicles. …

In all probability, the goods were stolen for resale, not for personal use. Most of the shoplifting that has devastated San Francisco has been carried out by organized gangs that make millions of dollars reselling stolen goods on the internet. This is most likely similar. …

Liberals have no vocabulary to condemn rioting, looting, arson and vandalism when these crimes are committed by blacks, or by whites pretending to act on behalf of blacks, as with Antifa riots in Portland and Kenosha. Liberals have sown the wind, and America’s cities are reaping the whirlwind.