Letter: How riots help

Graphic by Lori Deaton

In bigger cities, destructive protests have materially helped the poor by distracting the cops while they looted from the rich, often without violence; but in Asheville, without much looting, I’m less clear on the material purpose of riots.

Targets of looting also have complications; for example, I heard a while back that, at the time, the average small business owner was richer than the average stockholder. Is this true now? It also takes quite an optimistic looter to attempt to take shop windows intact, though taking unburnt loot is more common, often leaving behind unburnt shelves.

So transfer Asheville Police Department funds to housing!

— Alan Ditmore


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6 thoughts on “Letter: How riots help

  1. P. Dustin Sawyer

    Oh yeah let’s destroy our neighborhood, destroy another person’s livelihood. Small businesses get affected the most in riots. The local business owners. The big corporations (the same ones that are pushing your same narrative, the real bourgeoisie) promote the lower and middle class to go at each other while they have insurance,millions of dollars to rebuild and run these identity politics campaigns so people will stay distracted with in-fighting and wont realize who the real oppressor is and always was… the super rich. Its class warfare we just haven’t realized it yet and most fall for the propaganda so that we will never unify and fight the enemy, the bourgeoisie

    • Enlightened Enigma

      all these angry ‘have nots’ are ever so happy to burn down your business or house…and we have supporters of this running for city council…

  2. NFB

    Mr. Ditmore’s letters have long since moved into self parody territory.

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