‘Experts:’ Don’t Refer to The Bay Area Looting as ‘Looting,’ Guys

The Bay Area would rather have violent criminals in their midst than families and jobs.  That is the only conclusion you can have when you add up all the looting in the Area—and the few arrests.  Worse the Mayor of San Fran wants to limit store hours so that criminals will have a shorter time to steal, loot and destroy—as if changing the hours will change the attitude.

“Bay Area police departments have called what happened at various retail stores this weekend “looting.” … As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of seemingly organized smash and grab robberies this weekend, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against the use of the term looting…To some, the distinction may be small, but Lorenzo Boyd, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice & Community Policing at the University of New Haven, and a retired veteran police officer, emphasized that words matter. “Looting is a term that we typically use when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something. We tend not to use that term for other people when they do the exact same thing,” said Boyd…To be clear, we don’t know the identities or races of the majority of the thieves involved in this crime wave. But we do know there was no local emergency declared in the Bay Area cities that experienced smash and grabs this weekend. However, the crimes did follow the contentious verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial Friday.

Like the riots after the George Floyd death, the Ferguson fiasco and other excuses for criminal acts, this one could be blamed on a jury that found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty—after the prosecution had been found hiding information, misrepresentation information and smearing the defendant.

‘Experts:’ Don’t Refer to The Bay Area Looting as ‘Looting,’ Guys

Protesters jump on a street sign near a burning barricade during a demonstration against the death of George Floyd near the White House on May 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. – Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after five consecutive nights of protests over racism and police brutality that boiled over into arson and looting, sending shock waves through the country. The death Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited this latest wave of outrage in the US over law enforcement’s repeated use of lethal force against African Americans — this one like others before captured on cellphone video. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

Guy Benson, Townhall,  11/23/21 

I’m just kidding, of course.  They didn’t say “guys.”  That’s gendered and heteronormative.  But our wonderful “experts” are instructing us not to use the term “looting” to describe the mass looting and brazen shoplifting plaguing the San Francisco Bay Area in recent days.  In case you’ve missed this latest crime scourge, here are the latest examples from the region.  After a Louis Vuitton store was brazenly robbed in the heart of the city on Friday, this happened Saturday:

More than 80 people stormed and robbed a Nordstrom in California on Saturday night, according to a police report from the Walnut Creek Police Department. The robbery was over within minutes as thieves armed with crowbars and wearing ski masks streamed out of the Nordstrom into the dozens of cars lining the block. “Nordstrom employees began calling 911 when approximately 80 people entered the store and immediately began stealing merchandise,” says the Walnut Creek Police Department in a press release. One employee was pepper-sprayed and two were punched and kicked, says the Walnut Creek Police Department. The incident took place around 9 p.m. right around Nordstrom’s closing time, and the police began receiving calls about reckless driving shortly before 9 p.m. PST.

Then this followed on Sunday:

Looters targeting Bay Area businesses struck again Sunday evening, with smash-and-grab thieves hitting a mall in Hayward, California and taking merchandise from a Lululemon store in San Jose, CBS San Francisco reports. It was the third day in a row that large mobs of robbers went after retailers in the region. Hayward police told CBS San Francisco they responded around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to multiple calls from stores in Southland Mall. Witnesses said a large mob caused a huge disturbance inside the mall, with some briefly taking over a jewelry store. Witnesses described some 40 to 50 looters wielding hammers and other tools looting Sam’s Jewelers, breaking glass cases and quickly fleeing. The Macy’s store was also ransacked. In video taken during the robbery, workers can be heard inside Sam’s Jewelers screaming in fear…Meanwhile in San Jose Sunday evening, police said a group of suspects entered the Lululemon store in Santana Row at about 6:30 and took merchandise. They fled prior to police arriving.

San Francisco’s left-wing District Attorney is currently facing a recall, backed by several of his former colleagues, thanks to public outrage over his effective decriminalization of many crimes.  He’s now feigning outrage over the results of his own pro-crime, “equity”-minded policies:


As I mentioned on Fox yesterday, Chesa “Defund the Police” Boudin — remember, he’s the city’s top prosecutor — doesn’t get to talk tough about a crime wave he’s directly and aggressively incentivized:


As normal people react negatively to mass looting, the never-defunded language police are out in force:


I’m actually not opposed to eschewing a term that somewhat downplays these organized, coordinated mass criminal actions.  “Looting” may suggest mid-riot criminal unrest, which is also very bad and inexcusable, I feel compelled to add. The flagrant mass-robberies in the Bay Area and elsewhere are a different phenomenon.  But that’s not why the “experts” are “cautioning,” naturally:

Bay Area police departments have called what happened at various retail stores this weekend “looting.” … As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of seemingly organized smash and grab robberies this weekend, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against the use of the term looting…To some, the distinction may be small, but Lorenzo Boyd, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice & Community Policing at the University of New Haven, and a retired veteran police officer, emphasized that words matter. “Looting is a term that we typically use when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something. We tend not to use that term for other people when they do the exact same thing,” said Boyd…To be clear, we don’t know the identities or races of the majority of the thieves involved in this crime wave. But we do know there was no local emergency declared in the Bay Area cities that experienced smash and grabs this weekend. However, the crimes did follow the contentious verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial Friday.

“Don’t call it ‘looting because that’s a term typically used for crimes by people of color/urban dwellers, but not white people — because racism,” snarks Mary Katharine Ham. “Also ‘we don’t know…races of the majority of the thieves,’ which would make use of ‘looting’ here hard to attribute to racism, no?”  It’s of course totally incoherent, which is the whole point.  The woke brigade capriciously embraces and discards terms as “acceptable” or “problematic,” based on perceived, fleeting utility.  It’s exhausting.  Even the word woke is now a problem, for some reason.

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Comments

  1. Otis Needleman says

    BS, Lorenzo. They are looting and you know it. You’re an apologist for criminals. Bite me.

  2. Dr. Trent Saxton says

    Looting is normal for them, it’s been happening for two hundred years; in this country.

    TODAY…Mostly the inner city Blacks and Latinos, that are “Woke,” and Progressive, are socialist Democrats. These young adults seldom vote until their late 20’s. As they grow up in their single parent families, they are raised in ghetto city environments. They suffer from substandard educations, poor parenting, and succumb to bad habits. It becomes a way of life for generations. No God, or morals, no self-respect, no virtues, no principals, no anchor in life. No Love. Gangs are their only families and they live and die this way. Survival of the strongest, in a dog eat dog world. They have lived off government handouts and charity most their lives. This is why they steal everything from those that have more than themselves. Why work if you can receive taxpayer dollars in the mail? Why purchase if you can walk in and take it from a store without any consequences? Welcome to Liberal Democrat run cities. These people see themselves as victims, and the Democrat political party, has used this as a tool to keep them in poverty and uneducated. Take from the rich and give to themselves, a protest turns into a riot, so you can loot, steal, and mug those that are in your way. It’s all normal to them.

    When you are held responsible for your actions by a God, parents, police, and society; you don’t suffer their outcomes. Democrats want government to raise the children, from cradle to grave and this is why their problems are perpetual. No God, no parents, no police, no self-respect, just “Take” everything…all coming from those that worked to pay for it. There will always be apples on the bottom of the basket, and on the top…

  3. We do know their skin color, but if we didn’t as this veteran police officer claims, wouldn’t that be more of a reason to use the term? Or is he some kind of white supremacist who thinks that we shouldn’t call white looters looters?

    But seriously how does this man, if I may be so presumptuous, keep a straight face while he claims that a gang of white teens looting a store aren’t looters. What if they’re the reclusive urban whites?

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