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The vandalism has escalated every night.
They are going to come for your houses if nothing changes.
Church Hill needs to stand up to the vandals and demand a stronger police presence. I’ve got to believe a lot of the antebellum houses on Grace and Franklin were built using slave labor. To the invincibly obtuse minds of today’s agitators, that means those structures must be destroyed today as a means of righting an historical injustice. Their motto is: no understanding, no mercy, no forgiveness, no healing. For them, it’s a short journey from defacing a public memorial to Confederate conscripts, to burning homes built on the backs of slaves.
You can voice your support and concerns by calling the First Precinct at (804) 646-3602.
One of the leaders of the Richmond protests (Omari) is preaching anti-real estate message. Saying #gentrificationisviolence and that any response to the oppressor by the oppressed is justifiable. He also calls black residents of Church Hill traditional residents and white residents colonizers. So yeah, there is part of me that is concerned that what is presently just destruction of monuments and graffiti on public spaces may eventually drift into an offensive against the homes of “gentrifiers”. The young white allies on the facebook pages seem to cheer on everything he says. But they either aren’t considering the possible long game to all this or they naively think any retribution against residences “will be directed to that old rich white couple – not me”. Never mind that the destruction downtown on Broad St during the initial unrest destroyed small businesses both white and black. An angry mob, left unfettered, will destroy whatever they feel like in the moment…
Some disgusting panic mongering in this comment thread. If you don’t see the difference between a house and a prominent symbol to oppression then you need to sit down and think about it. Did you even bother to read the statement?
For Shannon understanding, mercy and forgiveness mean forgetting history and what these monuments stand for. Shannon got hers (a nice house in a nice neighborhood) and screw you if you think these monuments are a festering wound. For Shannon it’s all in the past, for her everything has been forgiven and healed. It wasn’t her that was hurt in the first place.
Meanwhile police are rioting and indiscriminately pepper spraying and tear gassing. That’s what Shannon, Ben and MJR want in the neighborhood – more cop violence. There’s no need to understand what the protests are about for them. For them it’s trouble and they just want to make it go away.
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