Saturday, August 8, 2020

Seattle's Summer of Love

You remember clearly when rioters and agitators raped Seattle. As they were occupying an area of downtown Seattle and called it CHAZ or CHOP, the city’s idiot mayor Jenny Durkan declared it to be a summer of love.

At the time, no major news outlet was reporting the true story. Now, however, the New York Times sent reporter Nellie Bowles to unoccupied Seattle to find out what happened during those halcyon days-- a summer of love.

One should praise Bowles’s excellent reporting, while not forgetting that the Times was completely silent when it was all happening.

As for the notion that the protests were largely peaceful, canard trafficked by the media, Bowles explains:

Faizel Khan was being told by the news media and his own mayor that the protests in his hometown were peaceful, with “a block party atmosphere.”

But that was not what he saw through the windows of his Seattle coffee shop. He saw encampments overtaking the sidewalks. He saw roving bands of masked protesters smashing windows and looting.

Young white men wielding guns would harangue customers as well as Mr. Khan, a gay man of Middle Eastern descent who moved here from Texas so he could more comfortably be out. To get into his coffee shop, he sometimes had to seek the permission of self-appointed armed guards to cross a border they had erected.

“They barricaded us all in here,” Mr. Khan said. “And they were sitting in lawn chairs with guns.”

For 23 days in June, about six blocks in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood were claimed by left-wing demonstrators and declared police-free. Protesters hailed it as liberation — from police oppression, from white supremacy — and a catalyst for a national movement.

One remarks that, in the above text, Bowles erases the fact that many of the rioters were certainly not white. But, being the Times, we need to lie a little.

The police abandoned the downtown area:

On Capitol Hill, business crashed as the Seattle police refused to respond to calls to the area. Officers did not retake the region until July 1, after four shootings, including two fatal ones.

Now a group of local businesses owners — including a locksmith, the owner of a tattoo parlor, a mechanic, the owners of a Mexican restaurant and Mr. Khan — is suing the city. The lawsuit claims that “Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public” resulted in enormous property damage and lost revenue.

These were not peaceful protests. They did significant damage to local businesses, especially minority-owned businesses:

The economic losses that businesses suffered during the recent tumult are significant: One community relief fund in Minneapolis, where early protests included vandalism and arson, has raised $9 million for businesses along the Lake Street corridor, a largely Latino and East African business district. “We asked the small businesses what they needed to cover the damage that insurance wasn’t paying, and the gap was around $200 million,” said Allison Sharkey, the executive director of the Lake Street Council, which is organizing the fund. Her own office, between a crafts market and a Native American support center, was burned down in the protests.

Anarchy reigned in Seattle, but the police had been defunded. So, residents are suing the city. We always need to make sure that we have more work for lawyers:

Matthew Ploszaj, a Capitol Hill resident, is one of the complainants. He said his apartment building, blocks from Mr. Khan’s shop, was broken into four times during the occupation. The Seattle Police were called each time and never came to his apartment, according to Mr. Ploszaj. When he and another resident called the police after one burglary, they told him to meet them outside the occupation zone, about eight blocks away. He and other residents spent nights at a friend’s house outside the area during the height of the protests.

The employees of Bergman’s Lock and Key say they were followed by demonstrators with baseball bats. Cure Cocktail, a local bar and charcuterie, said its workers were asked by protesters to pledge loyalty to the movement: “Are you for the CHOP or are you for the police?” they were asked, according to the lawsuit.

The business owners also found that trying to get help from the Seattle Police, who declined to comment for this article, made them targets of activists.


trigger warning said...

Pity about those businesses. I'll wager the voting patterns won't change. Meanwhile...

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Boundless idiocy. All of it. At least the Seattle Mayor’s home received protection when SHE needed it.

I have great sympathy for the business owners. They’re taking the risks and must live within the (sometimes brutal) realities of the marketplace. But any market must have basic protections in order to operate. Seattle has abandoned these job creators. It is unfortunate, but these entrepreneurs will not forget. They will not be back.

Which is why I am all for these municipalities defunding the police. I believe we should create a moat around these cities and provide a one-week exit window, then seal it off in all its policeless majesty. Let these Lefties live with the consequences of their decisions. Let them live with the choices and decisions of THEIR elected municipal leaders. If these ideas are so great, they’ll make cities safe, secure and prosperous places to live. Except when they don’t.

Unless the radical chic elites have to live with the impact of their crazy ideas, this nonsense will go on again and again and again.

And I also believe the colleges and universities that peddle these self-evidently crazy, idiotic and stupid ideas should be defunded. At very least, they should lose their tax exempt status.

Portland, Oregon has had 70+ straight days of rioting. It’s all Trump’s fault.

Soviet of Washington said...

Here's a report on a recent walk through of the Seattle Downtown Core (not Capitol Hill which was always a bit dodgy) by a local, complete with pictures.

FWIW, Mr. Mass is a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Washington (I hope/think tenured as the cancelers may be after him now). A man-of-the-left to be sure (his research specialty is in weather/climate modeling), but I've found him to be sane.

Sam L. said...

Seattle is also suffering "too many Democrats" in Mayor and Governor and voters.

Sam L. said...

This, too, is a result of "TOO MANY DEMOCRATS", voters, mayors, governors.