Patterico's Pontifications

7/31/2010

New Shoes for the Cause of Justice

Filed under: Crime,General — Jack Dunphy @ 12:19 pm

[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

Perhaps it’s a result of all the miles they walk on picket lines and in protest marches, but I find it odd that whenever the perpetually aggrieved take it upon themselves to vent their anger over some perceived injustice, said venting almost invariably includes the looting of a shoe store.

Two weeks ago, the Oakland Police Department released photographs taken during the riot that followed the involuntary manslaughter verdict in the death of Oscar Grant. One can’t help but notice that, for people outraged to the point of violence, some of them appear to be having a pretty good time as they help themselves to other people’s property.

–Jack Dunphy

6 Responses to “New Shoes for the Cause of Justice”

  1. I think these pictures demonstrate the compelling need to close the achievement gap in the looting sciences.

    What do we want?
    FREE STUFF!

    When do we want it?
    NOW!

    Jelly Headed Liberal (4677ca)

  2. Protesters want the fancy expensive shoes that working people wear.

    htom (412a17)

  3. #2 htom:

    Protesters want the fancy expensive shoes that working people wear.

    Hell, this working stiff would settle for a new pair of sneakers.

    Maybe next year. After the elections.

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  4. Wait!

    You’re just noticing that the “usual suspects” take every opportunity to loot, maim, rape and pillage.

    If the didn’t always act that way, The Mindless Hoodlums and Ruthless Barbarians Assoc. would take back their membership cards!

    Mike Giles (4cc753)

  5. Shoes are status.

    Looters don’t loot for necessities. They loot for luxuries, status items. (During true emergencies, people who take staples leave notes for the proprietor and seek to make good.)

    I can put any normal human in more than adequate shoes for under $20 at an outlet shoe store. But the shoes that are ‘in’, that have a famous name or a famous house, the shoes that denote status even though they are rarely substantially better in any way, those cost much more and make themselves a target for looters.

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