Yesterday The America Thinker posted an article about a recent event in Seattle.
The article reports:
Grocery retailer Trader Joe’s, which refused to cave in to political correctness in its product names, is experiencing new problems with Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle, according to Breitbart News:
Black Lives Matter protesters pushed their way into a Seattle Trader Joe’s demanding the company give “15 percent at least.” The group has repeated the tactic of harassing the store’s staff and customers over the past few months.
A video tweeted Thursday night shows a large group of BLM activists entering a Seattle Trader Joe’s store. They chanted and beat drums as they marched through the grocery chain location.
Seattle has five Trader Joe’s locations, and Breitbart reports that three of them have been hit in this way. It shows that Trader Joe’s, which resisted the demands, remains a target, based on Seattle’s failure to send police to protect them.
A Tweet included in the article notes:
This is exactly how mafia works. Either you pay us something – il “pizzo” it’s called in Italian – or we burn down the place at least. This can happen when the State is absent, that’s why defunding the police in crucial in every mafia system.
The article concludes:
BLM is led by “trained Marxists” who just happened to have learned their tactics at Hugo Chávez’s knee. Here’s a piece I did on their pilgrimages to Caracas, where these kinds of shakedowns are what goes on in that hellhole. And don’t think the Chavista agenda they embrace isn’t to harm the entire U.S. Here’s one I wrote from 2019. Venezuelans, too, have noticed the similarities.
Now their successors in the U.S. are turning Seattle into a hellhole, too, complete with Venezuela-style shakedowns.
Seattle is getting pretty comparable to Caracas without police to enforce rule of law just on crime and disorder alone, but Trader Joe’s is no battered Venezuelan storefront shop. It’s a huge national private corporation whose structure protects it from activist shareholders stirring up the pot and agitators calling for woke acts, allowing it to do what it always does which is put the interests of its customers first. Instead of pay the danegeld, Trader Joe’s is in a position to walk out.
It’s shown backbone in standing up to rioters, and who knows how many shakedowns it has fended off. But if it gets bad — and recall that Breitbart notes that three stores in Seattle have been targeted — it may well decide that the cost of doing business in Seattle outweighs the benefits and pull out of the city and open up someplace less mafia-like.
By then, the city may become a food desert — self-inflicted, based on the majority’s voting choices.
At some point, we are going to hear people who live in the cities that have refused to deal with the BLM protestors complain that there are no convenient grocery stores or other markets. At that point they will have only themselves to blame–if you keep electing people who refuse to enforce the law, eventually you have no law.