During the height of the George Floyd riots and looting, in the summer of 2020, a Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer defended the widespread weekend looting in the heart of the Windy City — as “reparation.”
“I don’t care if somebody decides to loot a Gucci’s or a Macy’s or a Nike because that makes sure that that person eats. That makes sure that that person has clothes,” Ariel Atkins said at a rally outside the South Loop police station Monday, local outlets reported.
“That’s a reparation,” Atkins said. “Anything they want to take, take it because these businesses have insurance.”