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  • Yes, the actions of an unknown vandal is reflective of an entire movement to curb race-based police brutality. Correct.

  • Maybe it’s not about you all the time……this is one boutique that’s getting crossed off my list of places to shop.

    • Why is he not allowed to express anger about his business being damaged?

    • Come on… how do you expect them to react?? How would you feel if someone spray-painted this on your house?

    • “Maybe it’s not about you all the time….”
      Tell that to the vandal.

    • … … …What is it about? Why was this spray painted here? Do you think this is an effective way of spreading the message? Was the shop involved with the Mike Brown incident? Have you ever actually shopped here? What part of the owner’s message offended you? … … …
      … … …I’m super curious to hear what it is that has got you so impassioned that NOW you will never go here to buy an economy t-shirt with a simple “Anarcny” Forever print for $46. That spelling/pricing is according to their website…. ….. ….
      … … … I think that, perhaps, both you and this business are a bit ridiculous in your own special ways.

    • justinbc

      I’m going to go ahead and guess you’ve never set foot in there to begin with, if that’s your attitude about the place. They have every right to be upset, and there’s no good reason for that vandalism to have occurred.

    • Actually, this post is about OP, since it’s their sign that got vandalized.

    • I support the peaceful protesters, even those participating in civil disobedience. Their grievances are real. I absolutely do not support those who are damaging and/or looting small businesses. I have no problem with them being charged with crimes.

      NJNP, you’ve got to check yourself if you think a small business owner expressing anger over vandalism is in the wrong here.

    • You’re mad because the store owner doesn’t want their property defaced?

  • This was a really dumb move. I hope whoever did this gets an earful from their friends – this isn’t helping the movement at all.

  • In fairness, nothing that the protesters are doing today in Ferguson or around the country have proven to bring change. This is more demonstrating and rioting for attention than for a real cause. Brown will be forgotten as quickly as Travon.

    • Civil disobedience has been proven to bring about change, from Ghandi to MLK Jr., and their actions to disrupt traffic and commerce were just as amazingly unpopular amongst large segments of white populations as well. That is the whole point of civil disobedience, to force people to examine what is happening by disrupting their day-to-day lives. Which is more important, racial injustice or getting a great deal on Black Friday?

      That said, while I have no problems with the marchers causing grief to commuters who would prefer to ignore the problem, attacking people’s property is going too far. First of all, it makes you look bad. Second of all, you’re actually causing a real, material harm to others who most likely would be sympathetic to you otherwise. Use a little common sense, folks.

      • So do you consider time, gas, or lost earnings to be a form of property?

      • “Civil disobedience.” You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.

        Civil disobedience consists of a) a refusal to obey an unjust law followed by b) your incarceration or other punishment which leads to c) a stark illustration of the injustice and human cost of the unjust law that prompts a newly-sympathetic public to change that law.

        So: damaging an innocent bystander’s property, and source of livelihood, and incurring costs on that bystander, and running away and avoiding all punishment, does not actually compose civil disobedience. The vandal highlights no injustice. The vandal incurs no cost. The vandal fails to mobilize the public or generate any sympathy.

        Pure theater, for the vandal’s personal satisfaction.

      • “That said, while I have no problems with the marchers causing grief to commuters who would prefer to ignore the problem, attacking people’s property is going too far.”

        Why do you assume commuters prefer to ignore the problem? Protests and marches absolutely have their place, but pissing off the general public, whether it’s by blocking traffic or vandalizing property, accomplishes nothing. That behavior further polarizes people who disagree with the protests, and it takes the anger of those who would be inclined to agree and redirects it toward the protesters themselves. Even the strongest ally still needs to go to work and run errands and have access to emergency services. There are other forms of civil disobedience that are much less likely to be so destructive to the underlying cause.

    • You hope. ;-/

  • jim_ed

    The black beauty shop at Georgia and Ingraham was tagged much the same. I don’t think a whole lot of thought went in to choosing which buildings to tag.

  • I’m sorry this happened to the small business owner. And I feel that stopping traffic on busy highways is poor form.

    But there are real issues with some police and their treatment of black men. I’m not sure the Mike Brown situation is the best example of this, he made some very bad choices that day, but the issues are there.

    Last summer I was on a hump from Brookland to Stadium-Armory at around 10 o’clock at night. I deliberately took a hilly route since I hadn’t had much exercise that day. Four officers in an unmarked car pulled up alongside me on 17st. They put on their lights and indicated for me to stop. So pulled over the Capital Bikeshare bike.

    “We’re a task force addressing PCP in the neighborhood. You seem the sweating profusely.” I agreed I was sweating, told them I was on a long ride from Brookland, that I ride fast and that it was hot out, plus I’m a heavy sweater anyway. Not convinced, they asked to search my backpack and person. I rolled my eyes and consented, and after a brief search turned up nothing was let go. Towards the end of the interaction they were markedly friendlier. “I didn’t know those things had stands.” (Lots of people don’t seem to know CB bikes have stands. But I digress.)

    I’m okay with police doing their job but there should be better accountability and a sharper focus on the bad guys. I was only stopped because I fit their vague description of a PCP addict, being black and sweating. The sad thing though is that if I’d been shot or if they had used force for some reason, there would still be people saying, “well he shouldn’t have rolled his eyes.” This would never have happened to a white man riding a big red public-share bike.

    • I appreciate hearing this viewpoint in the discussion. As much as we may not want to admit it though, profiling is an important tool in fighting crime, based on statistical evidence, geographic and population centric data (ie you wouldn’t have been stopped riding down CT ave). Often this has race implications. Why don’t we focus more energy on changing the data? Why don’t more people handle these interactions as well as you did? Instead of declaring sides and having our guards up, why don’t we work to bridge these gaps in the community?

    • They gotta go off of demographic info- and unfortunately, you know what that means in many parts of our city. Same thing as when I got stopped in SE, lost on my way to the DE. “what are you doing here?”, followed by many probing questions, including threats to search my car. This also happened in like 2006/7- times were different. Police have to go off of such little information when working street crime that the community is asking them to Police. Their command goes to a community meeting, they listen to the complaints and they cascade it down to their officers- often times all they get is “young black men doing…” or “loud drunk white people doing…”- its the worst job in the world, everyone hates you until they need you, and in the meantime you cant do anything right.

    • Well said.

    • justinbc

      I do you know it didn’t happen to any white bike riders? Did you stick around to observe everyone they stopped?

    • “The sad thing though is that if I’d been shot or if they had used force for some reason, there would still be people saying, “well he shouldn’t have rolled his eyes.””

      This is the part of the racial profiling problem that many non-Black people just don’t get. Often people ask what the big deal is and why not just show your license, put up with the inconvenience, and get on with your day. But if that officer perceives an innocent movement as a threat, you’re wounded or dead for no reason. So apart from the stigma of being singled out you’ve got to behave perfectly to avoid getting beat down or shot in “self-defense.”

    • your post doesn’t suggest anything wrong, accept for your assumptions.

  • That sign is ~12 feet off the ground and the second floor rooftop where the tagger was standing is only accessible by one window in that same building. Seems like it would be a good place to start in tracking down the person who did it.

    • I assume the vandal just got boosted onto the decorative roofing (seen in the bottom left of the photo) over the first-floor dry-cleaner’s display windows.

  • So disrupting traffic is an acceptable way to spread this message? Really? I’d have a tough time justifying that to a person needing an ambulance that has been detoured as a result of people laying down in the middle of the freeway.

  • My whole block was tagged a week ago a couple blocks away (45 times). This isn’t even about Michael Brown. I bet that tagger could care less about any of what is going on in Furguson. Any reason to tag a property is good enough for them. CAMERAS CAMERAS CAMERAS!!!! This is the only way the police are going to catch these meaningless morons. CAMERAS!!!

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