The looting of businesses across Atlanta was rampant Friday night, as protestors of all races broke in and destroyed stores at Lenox Mall, Phipps Plaza and areas around downtown. Many people say that the riots aren’t helping anything. They’re right.
However, many Black people do not care about being right anymore. Being “right” did not help Breonna Taylor when she was murdered in her own home by the police while she was sleeping.
Combine the racial frustration with the COVID-19 pandemic that has millions unemployed, and you have chaos.
Will the protests and riots end anytime soon?
We don’t know, but we do know it’s possibile that if true justice is served for Ahmaud Arbery, Taylor and George Floyd, Black people may put some faith back into the system. True justice [in case people forget] is a fair trial and ultimately an actual conviction.
By about 12:10 a.m., the streets were clear of many rioters; the fires, extinguished. Every now and then you’d hear another thundering shatter of glass, an after-effect of broken building windows.
An ambulance siren or law enforcement horn would ring about twice an hour, but for the most part, Atlanta could sleep.
Though the rioters and looters were an unintended consequence from the protest itself, at least this much is ensured: Not only were they heard – loud and clear – they were felt, too.