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Reading from the report by WTVR CBS Richmond: I present for your consideration, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. Mayor Stoney and his police have enjoyed relative peace compared to their fellows in Portland and Seattle. Nevertheless, on Saturday night and into Sunday morning a crowd estimated at hundreds and exhibiting a familiar proclivity for assault vigorously rioted and looted in Richmond in familiar fashion.
Mayor Stoney did not follow the path blazed by other mayors and deny the damage and insult. Pretending that rioting did not happen and sending photographers out to take pictures of areas not visited by rioters to support a false narrative that is belied frequently by videos on the Internet, honest and concerned news stations, and video screened at White House press briefings to corrupt denialists. Mayor Stoney and his police did make six arrests, two resulting in felony charges for assaulting officers. In addition, the police chief is aggressively soliciting any witnesses or video evidence that might be used to bring more charges.
But Mayor Stoney had none of that. His take was very different. It seems, in an audacious act of stone-cold psyops, white supremacists from out of town came and masqueraded as BLM while visiting a campaign of vandalism on the good people of Richmond. With assistance from Antifa and the Boogaloo Boys, a right-wing anti-government group. BLM, it seems, is to be exonerated of all wrongdoing from Mayor Stoney’s gist. Officials note that the event flyer on the Internet came from outside the Richmond area and suggest that it came from Antifa rather than BLM. They are building a firewall between their local BLM operations and the events of Saturday night to protect the movement.
Now, there are white supremacist groups in Virginia, I have run into them here and there. If I were a black mayor watching BLM operate with their protesters of pallor and their pale line bosses snapping orders at cannon fodder of color, I might develop a similar narrative to reflexively defend my local black community from retaliation. And there may have been a white supremacist contingent pursuing their own agenda. Rioting is not a very disciplined mode of communication, so no sympathy from me on that count. And maybe that local, grassroots BLM contingent is made up of idealists worth defending. But if that is the case, they may want to change their names and disassociate themselves from a wider movement seeking to destroy the nuclear family and crush free enterprise promising poverty and deprivation for all. Six arrests? Two charged? out of “hundreds?”
On the plus side, officials in Richmond are at least sensitive to the residents and business owners affected by the lawlessness and destruction, and it appears there were no deaths. I would urge the city to vigorously prosecute the crimes regardless of the professed ideology of the perpetrator, and make Richmond a discouraging target for similar acts of terrorism in the future.Published in