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After his arrest during a protest in Santa Monica, actor Cole Sprouse took to Instagram to declare that “peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest.”
Looting would be “legitimate” only if people were not individuals but categories defined by their race, sex, or creed. If Derek Chauvin isn’t “individual police officer who used excessive force and killed George Floyd,” but rather “all white people,” then punishing “all white people” by looting stores owned by “all white people” might be “an absolutely legitimate form of protest.”
As it is however, looting just adds more individual people to the list of victims.Published in