Looting and arson have turned some black neighborhoods into food deserts
06/19/2020 // Cassie B. // Views

Some of the poorest urban areas of the country have been especially hard hit by the rioting and looting that have been taking place lately – supposedly in the name of protesting against racism – and now the very people who movements like Black Lives Matter claim to care about so much are left without a way to feed themselves in some cases.

In a video taken in an undisclosed location, a woman can be seen walking through a neighborhood grocery store left in tatters seeking milk for her kids. She said, “Every grocery store looks like this” in her area, with empty shelves and debris strewn all over the floor.

“I came into this store to buy something because I’m not a thief. People who already couldn’t feed their kids, now they really can’t feed their kids.”

As she looked at the damage, she said, “This is what we’re fighting for… we’re so black and proud that we ain’t never going to be honest and be real about what’s really going on.”

Chicago and Minneapolis neighborhoods becoming food deserts

Writing for PJ Media, journalist Megan Fox said that the neighborhoods in the areas outside of Chicago where she grew up are “devastated.” She wrote that a friend who lives on the South Side of Chicago has to drive into Indiana just to get groceries because every store even remotely close to her has been destroyed. Of course, many people aren’t lucky enough to have a car, so poor people are being especially hard hit.

Talking about the South Side food desert, resident William Wright told CBS 2: “It’s not what you do. It’s how you do it. What did we accomplish, aside from take our property value down and embarrass ourselves?”


One area activist, William Calloway, pointed out that the situation could only get worse if there isn’t a solution soon. He said: “If you have people that are hungry, that are quite angry already, that could escalate to something more disastrous.”

Several Minneapolis neighborhoods are also becoming food deserts after looting closed several stores there. In the Longfellow area, many small markets, along with a Target, Cub and two Aldi locations, were all damaged by rioting, leaving people with nowhere to buy groceries, essentials like diapers, or household goods. Not everyone has a car or cab fare, and many people no longer have a place to buy affordable food within walking distance.

The same is true of other types of businesses. In the six-mile Lake Street commercial corridor in South Minneapolis, there are no longer pharmacies or gas stations, and locals say their communities became food deserts overnight as businesses were burned and looted. Low-income families in the area are also hurting from the loss of check-cashing businesses.

Without police, it will only get worse

If you don’t support Black Lives Matters, people consider you a racist. Yet where has this group and its tactics – and those who have run in the door they opened, like antifa – left many black families? Why should anyone support the groups responsible for hurting black Americans, taking food off their store shelves and leaving them with no way to feed their families?

And if we get rid of the police, it’s scary to think about what comes next when you have neighborhoods full of angry, hungry people with no money, no hope and no one to hold them accountable for their actions. Is this really the America that all the “woke” people want to live in?

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