The Quote by Ayn Rand on the Victims of Riots:
“The self-respecting small home owners and shop owners are the unprotected and undefended victims of every race riot.” -Ayn Rand on the Victims of Riots
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Who Suffers Because of Riots
If there is one word that will eventually come to describe the summer of 2020, it will be “riots.” We have seen the violent, riotous instincts of Democrats on full display as Antifa thugs attack conservatives and BLM Marxists smash shop windows and loot the contents of every business they come across.
Both conservatives and liberals have been all over the media talking about these riots. Conservatives insist that the so-called “peaceful protesters” are really violent mobs of looters and rioters while liberals insist that they are, in fact, peacefully protesting. I tend to agree with the conservative side, but, as destruction has obviously occurred, both groups are missing the point, which is who are the victims of riots?
The answer to that, as you hopefully gathered from the above Ayn Rand quote is that home owners and small businesses owners are the victims of riots. Those are the people who are forced to deal with the damage inflicted upon communities by violent mobs, such as the ones we have seen this summer.
That’s not to say that it is only this summer that the victims of riots are small business owners and homeowners. That has always been the case, as these following examples of race riots in America will show.
The 1968 Riots:
For example, here is a recounting of the 1968 race riots. From it, you can hopefully see an example of why business owners are the victims of riots:
Over the days following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968, more than 1,100 buildings in the District were damaged or destroyed by an estimated 20,000 rioters. More than 1,200 fires were recorded. A dozen people died in the flames or at the hands of others, including the police. Roughly 13,600 federal troops made their way into the District, marking the largest occupation of an American city since the Civil War. More than 1,000 people were injured and 6,100 were arrested. Thousands of businesses were looted and destroyed.
The city sustained an estimated $27 million in damage, which equates to about $193.4 million in 2018 dollars. Some shopkeepers vowed never to come backFrom: Washington Business Journal
Businesses destroyed. Stores looted. Business owners killed. Infrastructure and opportunities killed. All of those details point to the fact that the business owners in D.C. were then the victims of riots. Their stores were destroyed and they were left destitute.
The rioters got slaps on the wrists, if they were punished at all. The police and National Guardsmen that were unable to contain the destruction kept their jobs. The rioters went back to living on welfare, which Ayn Rand also hated, so they were unaffected. And the politicians and talking heads in the media were unaffected. The people hurt in the 1968 riots were, as always, business owners.
The Rodney King Riots
It was the same story with the 1992 Rodney King riots in LA. The victims of riots in that case were business owners, as their businesses and homes were destroyed by violent mobs bent not on justice, but on destruction.
As the riots spread, roads between Koreatown and wealthy White neighborhoods were blocked off by police and official defense lines were set up around the independent cities such as Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. A Korean-American resident later told reporters: “It was containment. The police cut off traffic out of Koreatown, while we were trapped on the other side without help. Those roads are a gateway to a richer neighborhood. It can’t be denied.” Koreans also said that emergency responders ignored their calls for help.
The lack of law enforcement forced Koreatown civilians to organize their own armed security teams, mainly composed of store owners, to defend their businesses from rioters. Many had military experience from serving in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces before emigrating to the United States. Open gun battles were televised, including an incident in which Korean shopkeepers armed with M1 carbines, Ruger Mini-14s, pump-action shotguns, and handguns exchanged gunfire with a group of armed looters, and forced their retreat. But there were casualties, such as 18-year-old Edward Song Lee, who was accidentally shot to death by Korean shopkeepers while protecting a pizza shop with three friends. Hyungwon Kang captured a now-famous photograph of Lee’s body in the street.
After events in Koreatown, the 670th MP Company from National City, California were redeployed to reinforce police patrols guarding the Korean Cultural Center and the Consulate-General of South Korea in Los Angeles.
Out of the $850 million worth of damage done in L.A., half of it was on Korean-owned businesses because most of Koreatown was looted and destroyed. Many Korean Americans who survived the riot have argued that this showed that people of minority races and ethnicities must group together for protection from a system that does not protect non-Whites with the commitment or vigor given to Whites. The effects of the riots, which displaced Korean Americans and destroyed their sources of income, and the little aid given to those who suffered, still affected LA-based Koreans in 2017, as they struggled with economic hardship created by the riots.From: Wikipedia
As you can read in that recounting of the destruction of Koreatown during the 1992 riots, the victims of the LA riots were, like all the victims of riots, business owners. The city provided no help. Cops and National Guardsmen did not protect communities. Rioters were let loose upon innocent and law-abiding citizens.
Because of that, Koreatown was destroyed, except for the businesses owned by people who understood why they should buy an AR-15 and then used those firearms to defend their property from looters. The victims of riots were then, as always, business owners. Except for the business owners who were armed. As Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper said, being able to defend yourself is the best solution to violent crime.
The 2020 Riots
The victims of the riots that have taken place in 2020 are, as you might guess from the past two stories and by the Ayn Rand quote on riots, business owners. While there are many examples, I think the example of what happened to Minneapolis is the best:
On the streets of St. Paul and Minneapolis, there is block after block of charred buildings and windows that were boarded up for protection during rioting.
From an aerial view, the extent of the damage is even more apparent.
Minneapolis was harder hit than St. Paul with looting and arson after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. More than 1,050 properties were damaged — ranging from minor to destroyed, according to the city.From: Twin Cities
Minneapolis might be the best example of the victims of riots, as that concise but telling recount shows that for block after block, downtown was destroyed. The lives of business owners were destroyed by violent thugs that don’t care about the property rights of others.
While Minneapolis might be the best example of the victims of riots, what happened in Chicago might be a close second. Here’s what happened there:
And here’s a written account of what happened:
hundreds of people looted dozens of high-end shops from the South Loop to Lincoln Park, leaving heaps of shattered glass and empty storefronts in their wake.
When the dust settled, business owners broke out their brooms and called insurance companies to begin picking up the pieces of the second wave of looting this summer.From: Chicago Sun Times
As with all the aforementioned cities, the victims of riots in Chicago were the same as the victims of riots everywhere else; business owners.
The Magnificent Mile is (was) the best area in Chicago. It is (was) a beautiful stretch of high-end stores, shops, and restaurants. But now that is gone because of the selfish BLM rioters. The politicians will keep their jobs. The rioters will go back on welfare. The police, who did nothing to help, will keep their jobs. But the lives of business owners have been destroyed because in this case, as in all others, they are the victims of riots during America’s summer of discontent.
This discussion of the Ayn Rand quote on the victims of riots was different than my usual way of discussing quotes, such as her quote on the welfare state. That is because I thought it was more important to discuss the truth behind what was said, using specific examples, than what was said. I think that I felt I needed to do that because it was more specific and rooted in real life than theoretical.
In any case, I hope it will give you ammunition for when you have to argue with the leftists who support the riots and claim that there are no victims of riots. There are victims of riots. They are business owners. They have to witness stores they have worked for their whole lives to build up get burned down and destroyed by violent thugs that are too childish and selfish to control their emotions and worst impulses.
Without a middle class, America will not survive. And because of the costs of globalization, namely the outsourcing of good factory jobs, our middle class is now mainly shop owners like those that are the victims of riots. If we want to survive as a nation, we need to protect those business owners.
By: Gen Z Conservative
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