Their message is crystal clear – no business is safe… because they will take what they feel they deserve to make up for ‘years of oppression’.

Self-proclaimed activists stood outside a police station in Chicago on 18th St to demand the release of the 100 people arrested the night before.

When asked about looting, the organizer of the event, Ariel Atkins, said that the thefts that occurred in the night of looting following a police involved shooting was reparations.

In the early hours before Atkins justified stealing thousands, if not millions of dollars, officers from the Chicago Police Department responded to a report of an armed man, later identified as Latrell Allen, involved in a disturbance.

As officers questioned the man, he took off on foot with officers chasing him.  The man turned and began to fire upon the officers who returned fire, striking him and ending the gunfight.

This incident was reported on social media as police having shot and killed a 15-year-old unarmed kid, nowhere near the truth.  This of course sparked mass anger and groups decided they would take it out on the shopping districts on Miracle Mile.

Hundreds of people descended on the area and began to break into stores and steal anything that was not nailed down.  The store owners lost a large amount of money, not just in lost merchandise, but from the store closures that followed as they now must repair their businesses.

None of this is of concern to Black Lives Matter, specifically Atkins.  According to NBC Chicago, Atkins said:

“I don’t care if somebody decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike because that makes sure that that person eats.  That makes sure that that person has clothes. 

“That’s reparations.  That is reparations.  Anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance.  They’re going to get their money back.  My people aren’t getting anything.” 

It seems that Atkins does not believe that people of color, at least in Chicago, have the ability to care for themselves, feed their families, or provide clothes to them.

Somehow, only the people of color do not have the basic human right of going to school, going to college, and getting a job.