‘Experts’ Don’t Want You to Use the Term Looting for Recent Rash of Bay Area Smash and Grabs, ‘Typically used When People of Color… Do Something’

ABC 7 News of the Bay Area ran a segment last night on why the term looting shouldn’t be used to describe the most recent rash of smash and grab thefts in the area. As they state in the video, “some Bay Area police departments have called what happened this weekend looting.” which seems like a logical assessment of the situation. The anchor introducing the spot then asks, “Are these weekend crimes truly considered looting?”

The ‘Social Justice’ reporter Julian Glover took over to explain the context of the word looting. Julian claims that because they did not happen under a state of emergency or disaster that the legal definition for looting was not met. I believe Mr. Glover however is forgetting that the entire state of Califonia is still under a state of emergency, under the guise of covid. The emergency was recently extended for a third time keeping the state under the order until March of 2022, thus voiding entirely Glover’s ridiculous argument.

San Francisco Police Cheif, William Scott described the crimes from this weekend as looting in a press conference Monday. In contrast, San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo made it clear they weren’t going to refer to it as looting but “organized robbery”. There were waves of suspects that hit high-end stores over the weekend in the Bay Area, getting away with over a million in merchandise.

In the segment, they show California law’s definition of looting, “theft or burglary…during a ‘state of emergency‘, ‘local emergency’, or ‘evacuation order’ resulting from an earthquake, fire, flood, riot or other natural or manmade disaster”. Not realizing they were invalidating their own argument.

Glover then brought on his expert, Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D. to explain how words matter. “Looting is a term we typically used when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something we tend not to use that term for other people went they do the exact same thing”. They clarify in the segment, they don’t know the race or the identities of those who participated in the crimes this past weekend. Boyd declares that its people falsely trying to politicize crime. Glover had another expert to affirm that this was not looting.

ABC7 also released a written article on the same topic.

“Experts caution use of ‘looting’ in describing rash of Bay Area smash and grabs”

The article didn’t seem to sit well with Twitter users. Valerie Weisenfeld replied, “what a ridiculous word salad filled article.” to which Yiling Patriarch retorted, “yup. Technically speaking the state is under emergency AND we are in the middle of a pandemic. Looting it is”.

Logic Checker to a shot at the title of the article, “Somehow the formatting got messed up and the quotation marks moved 4 words over to the right.”

Chris Jackson replied, “Yes, because we don’t want to hurt the feelings of criminals who break the law by using harsh words like looting. I’m sure the looting was an accident and they are in the process of returning the stolen goods. Be nice to the criminals, as they have feelings too.”

With over 2.6k comments and only a little over 300 likes the article has been ratioed. If their goal was to start a conversation they quite clearly have. Many people are sick of ‘political correctness’ and ‘critical race theory’ talking points which avoid the reality of situations to make certain people feel better.

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