The lunch counter sit-ins weren’t very popular at the time. But more important to me is the way in which this action builds so much creativity and possibility in people’s minds and lives and community. And to see it in each other and to mirror and to process it. But, for the most part, as a narrative, the media is controlled by capital. A mix of volunteers and professionals. The media coverage, ranging from liberal talking heads on corporate outlets to right-wing media performers, have portrayed the current uprising as a novelty. You and I are both ostensibly the press. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The most famous example that we have of this rhetoric is after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But people who are struggling don’t want to be poor anymore. It’s bad, and it’s not done by real people. And I think it scares even leftists who imagine that things have to happen in a particularly politicized and orderly way to be meaningful. Veterans come back from World War I, these sort of veterans and “patriot groups,” riot against socialists and Black people in these massive riots. ", "In engaging and accessible prose, Vicky Osterweil lays out an intellectual defense of looting that is as thorough and compelling as it is necessary and revolutionary. To imagine more. This is a social cancer. So a process that is emotive and spontaneous now has to answer for not following some type of politically strategic roadmap. ", "In this book the act of looting is the starting point for challenging the conventional beliefs around people, property, and justice. No one ever got punished for their executions. Democrat governors: Salary for me, not gor thee.. Vicky Osterweil is a tranny, she used to be Willie Osterweil. It’s important when we talk about the joy to recognize that what returned us to the street was tragedy as well as possibility, it’s important to keep that in the front of our minds. Poor logic, incoherent argument, attempting to justify stealing in different context. So I am thinking about the two types of police violence. Anarcho-Blackness: Notes Toward a Black Anarchism, Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next), Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century. It doesn’t make any sense, until you understand it is a dog whistle. You don’t worry about what people think because you are directly enjoying your life. Vicky Osterweil argues that while looting is often maligned in today's society, it is, and has always been, one of our most powerful tools of dismantling capitalism and white supremacy. When police and politicians enter a riot zone, and this is true in Baltimore in 2015 as Watts in the ’60s, they are terrified by how happy everyone is. SB: I am just a few miles outside of the zone where the summer wildfires have been here in Oregon. In 1919, for example, there’s the “red summer,” there’s this very huge year of white rioting. Out of Watts you get the Black Panthers and the kind of organizing recognized as Black Power. The pressure valve that capitalist society usually has, social life like going to bars and restaurants, those take our money and inefficiently and ineffectively fill some of those social voids. So if people feel that they are media first, then I don’t really know what to tell them because for them what is important is representing the story. © 2008 - 2020 dT "downTURK Group".