Foot Locker, Walmart rewarded for hundreds of millions donated to black community by having stores looted and burned

The following contains editorial content written by a retired police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

“Sometimes, when you sleep with the enemy, waking up is the hardest part”- Muse.

BROOKLYN CENTER, MN-  Great quote, right? Here’s another one:

“Today, we are announcing that Foot Locker, Inc. is committing $200 million over the next five years towards enhancing the lives of our team members and our customers in the Black Community through Economic Development and Education…”

The letter was written by Foot Locker CEO Richard Johnson and it continues talking about all the great things Foot Locker was going to do battle “racial inequity.”

Maybe Johnson should have directed that letter to the people who decided to do some early Christmas looting at the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota store on Sunday night. Johnson of course wrote that letter last June when his company, along with countless others joined in the “social justice” crusade in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

A tweet from Sunday night says it all:

“Several businesses around the Brooklyn Center Walmart are completely destroyed. Police rolled up and made some arrests as young men ran from buildings carrying stolen goods. Foot Locker, T Mobile, and a New York men’s clothing store all completely destroyed,” reads the tweet.

“Inside the looted Brooklyn Center Foot Locker. Crowds are not dispersing, keep driving around and move from storefront to storefront while 3-5 cops drive up with a warning…and then disappear again where looters to back into stores.”

Once again, Black Lives Matter and Antifa agitators express their outrage over an officer-involved shooting of a black man by looting, rioting and destroying stores and neighborhoods.

This incident of course involves the shooting in Brooklyn Center on Sunday where a white police officer, who believed she was pulling her Taser shot and killed a black man, Daunte Wright who resisted arrest and attempted to leave the scene.

Brooklyn Center is a suburb of Minneapolis, where former MPD officer Derek Chauvin is currently on trial for the death of Floyd, so tensions in the area were already extremely high.

Johnson’s letter, which was no doubt intended to buy some grace from Black Lives Matter and the other agitators talked about how the company was “resolute in our commitment to fight racial inequality and injustice,” and that commitment was extended “beyond words.”

Sadly for Johnson and anyone else who thinks their virtue signaling gets them any quarter with the mob, that simply isn’t the case. 

Remember this? 

He spoke of the vital role that “Black culture” plays in shaping what he referred to as “Sneaker Culture”…whatever that is.

Johnson promised that Foot Locker would be held “accountable by pledging our transparency and by publishing an annual report card on our commitment and progress.”

“We stand with those who are working towards eliminating the deep racial inequities that exist today. We are committed to leveraging our platform to mobilize, unite, empower and inspire our team members and customers across the globe.”

Sorry there, Richard—Black Lives Matter and Antifa do not give a flying crap about your virtue signaling and your attempt to act in the capacity of a social justice warrior. Those $200 Air Jordans will fit the bill nicely, thank you.

Walmart, which has joined the land of the woke after weighing in on the Georgia voter law, also donated a bunch of money toward so-called “racial justice” in the wake of Floyd’s death last year, committing $100 million toward the same cause:

Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon issued a statement which read:

“Because we want to address systematic racism in society head-on and accelerate change, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing $100 million to create a new center on racial equity. Through this $100 million commitment, the center will support philanthropic initiatives that align with four key areas: the nation’s financial, healthcare, education and criminal justice systems.”

The statement went on with a healthy dose of psychobabble which is frankly full of every virtue signaling pile of garbage imaginable.

According to Newsweek, while the Brooklyn Center Walmart only appeared to have experienced some early Christmas looting, other businesses around that store, including Foot Locker, T Mobile and a New York men’s clothing store were all completely destroyed.

Because nothing says outrage like stealing stuff and burning down buildings.

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If you’re curious why such looting and violence seems to be acceptable, we invite you to read a story we did last year in order to:

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – As we wait for the outcome of a Presidential election, authorities across the nation continue to brace for more violence, depending on who wins. The last week of October saw continued rioting in Portland and new activity in the City of Brotherly Love after Philadelphia police shot and killed an armed black man. 

The fact that he was armed with a knife, advanced at police, and had a history of violence is lost on many. 

Sadly, many of those who support the rioting are younger Americans that are potential future leaders. 

A recent poll taken among college students revealed some troubling things. 

According to the Washington Examiner:

“America’s next generation of college students, markedly liberal and who support Joe Biden nearly 3-to-1 over President Trump, have strongly adopted the positions of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a sweeping new survey conducted for Yale University’s William F. Buckley Program.

Embracing the view that America is racist, 51% of undergraduates 24 years old or younger said that the nation is ‘inextricably linked to white supremacy’ and that most minorities are ‘excluded from the American promise of equality.’

Even more, 64% said that whites who do not speak out against racism are ‘perpetuating the injustices’ minorities face. That was a common theme promoted by white protesters at the recent protests.”

This really shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering the overwhelmingly liberal ideology being taught on college campuses. Law Enforcement Today has written numerous articles about college professors calling for violence against cops, students turning against other students because they have conservative beliefs. 

64% of the 800 students surveyed across the country believe that the violent rioting is justified, while only 28% disagreed. 8% were unsure. 

It should bother everyone to know that 72% of American college students will not say unequivocally state that violence against others and destruction of  property is wrong. 

If these students truly cared about “social justice,” they would realize that the very looting that support has the largest adverse impact on minority communities. 

According to fee.org, these students do not understand how this country works when it comes to property. 

“Many left-leaning young people likely rooted their disdain for property rights in the notion that they only really matter to ‘Big Business’ or ‘the rich.’ This is mistaken. In fact, the rich, safe neighborhoods aren’t the ones being looted. The destructive acts are disproportionately victimizing urban, poorer neighborhoods and minority-owned businesses. “

So, do they really care about these communities, or are they simply jumping on the “white people are racist” bandwagon? 

Arne Duncan, author of How Schools Work, tweeted: 

His claims about whiteness echo the findings of the poll, that America is inherently racist. 

As such, of those polled, 52% of those surveyed believe that American taxpayers should pick up the tab to pay reparations to black Americans. 

One would have to assume that there is no expectation that black Americans would be responsible for paying for that, putting that tax burden on white Americans. 

While the Examiner piece did not cite a reference for the figures, they pointed to one study that said the cost of reparations could amount to as much as $6.2 quadrillion, or $151 million per descendant of slaves. 

Jim McLaughlin, the poll’s author, saw the irony in the majorities beliefs of America’s entrenched white supremacy. 

“The students in a country that elected a bi-racial president not once, but twice and has produced multiple black billionaires believe that their country is racist,” he said.

So, we know that they overwhelmingly support looting and and other forms of violent rioting and reparations. What else do they support?  

According to the survey:

“By a 52% to 40% margin, students believe we should defund police departments because they are failing many communities.” 

Ironically, 59% of the student that participated said that they also do not trust the media. 

And just in case you were curious about the respondent’s demographics, none were cited. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 52.9% of college students are white, 20.9% are Hispanic, 15.1% are black, and 7.6% are Asian.  

If the poll participants fell in line with those percentages, it would mean that of the 800 students surveyed, 423 were white, 167 Hispanic, 120 black, and 60 were Asian. 

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American colleges revealed: How they’ve become breeding grounds for Marxist, anti-American, anti-cop youth

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AMHERST, MA – They claim to be institutions of higher learning. A place for free-thinkers to be educated while developing the beliefs that they will carry the rest of their lives. A place where everyone is welcome.

Campuses that are inclusive and tolerant of every thought, belief and conviction. 

But the reality is that an overwhelming majority of colleges and universities in this country will censor, silence and eliminate any voice that does not jump on their ideological bandwagon. 

Anyone that doesn’t instantly bow down to the Black Lives Matter movement is labeled racist or white supremacist. And that includes showing any level of support of law enforcement.

Charlie Kirk and Turning Point USA have been able to capture the reality of the intolerance on college campuses. 

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CCUP1DblMWN/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Here are just a few examples that Campus Reform highlighted

Leslie Neal-Boylan, the Dean of Nursing at UMass-Lowell, had the audacity to say via e-mail that “everyone’s life matters.” That email went to staff, students and faculty, shortly after the death of George Floyd. 

The email further stated: 

“I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of color… I despair for our future as a nation if we do not stand up against violence against anyone. BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS.”

The comments were deemed to be racist, and she was fired a few days later, “without trial.” 

Clear across the country at the University of California Los Angeles, Gordon Klein refused to lower the grading standards for his black students. Again, following the death of Floyd, students demanded to have a different standard of grading because of their “suffering.”

Klein responded to his classes via email that it would be wrong to provide “preferential treatment” to any student or group of students based on the color of their skin. 

Cue the cancel culture warriors. 

They started a petition seeking his dismissal form the university, gaining well over 20,000 signatures. Although, they claimed that Klein had a “blatant lack of empathy,” they were only able to get him suspended. 

Now, before you point out that these schools are in liberal parts of the country, let’s take a trip down to Denton, Texas. 

An adjunct math professor, Nathaniel Hiers, was fired for referring to a piece of paper he found on the ground as “garbage.”

He took the flyer and put it on the chalkboard with a hand-written message that said, “Please don’t leave garbage lying around.”

But it was the flyer’s content that got him in trouble for using the garbage reference. It warned against the use of “microaggressive” statements like “America is a melting pot” and “America is the land of opportunity.”

And it doesn’t stop with just those three examples. 

Following complaints, the University of West Virginia only allowed its Chief of Police to stay in his job after he issued an apology and removed a “thin Blue Line” flag that was hanging in his HOME office, after it was seen during a Zoom call. 

Read that again. The hand-carved wooden flag was hanging in the home of W.P. Chedester

Students and faculty alike called for his firing for displaying the pro-law enforcement symbol. One professor at the university went so far as to say that Chedester was “sharing white supremacist” images. 

Sadly, the campus leftists aren’t only singling out staff and faculty. They are also going after students who dare have a different view point.

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