Experts caution use of 'looting' in describing rash of Bay Area smash and grabs

As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of smash and grab robberies, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against using the term "looting."

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BurtTheRedditor
BurtTheRedditor
227 · 3 days ago · Reddit

“To be clear, we don't know the identities or races of the majority of the thieves involved in this crime wave.”

I was there, while about 100 people tried to loot one of the malls. It was pretty much damn near all young black males and females. Does that mean that black people are bad? Of course not, but it does mean we need to address the systematic problems that create these trends, such as, black neighborhoods are usually low-socio economic status.

It means we need to invest in these communities and fix the problem.

But no, the moment you mention facts like that, it’s “racist” and those problems never get addressed or solved

Let's Go Brandon
Let's Go Brandon
170 · 4 days ago · Twitter

"Looting is a term that we typically use when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something. We tend not to use that term for other people when they do the exact same thing," said Boyd. Can you give me an example when white people did this and it wasn't called looting?

Nicholas Fondacaro
Nicholas Fondacaro
103 · 4 days ago · Twitter

You should find new experts to talk to. You’re doing your community a disservice by repeating that nonsense. But maybe that’s the goal.

lecarpetron_dook
lecarpetron_dook
108 · 3 days ago · Reddit

Well, at least the language police seem to be doing their job

Particular-Break-205
Particular-Break-205
102 · 3 days ago · Reddit

Let’s set the record straight. This wasn’t looting. This was burglary AND looting

  • Chief of Police and Chief Political Correctness Officer
SBLdarthvader
SBLdarthvader
99 · 3 days ago · Reddit

Yeah, it's REALLY IMPORTANT that we call it the right thing, rather than actually solve the problem. Let's be sure we just don't inadvertently offend someone and perpetuate stereotypes.

OptimallyOptimistic
OptimallyOptimistic
79 · 3 days ago · Reddit

To me, “looting” makes me think of a bunch of people who don’t know each other, gathered for some reason like a protest or party, when someone goes wild and breaks a store window, and other people, unplanned, decide independently to go steal stuff. No planning, no coordination.

Which is totally different than an organized group going to a store together to rob it.

Am I the only one who attaches that connotation to “looting”?

EnkiiknE
EnkiiknE
65 · 4 days ago · Twitter

"..To be clear, we don't know the identities or races of the majority of the thieves involved in this crime wave.." -straight from the article... 😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

DatBasedGod
DatBasedGod
56 · 3 days ago · Reddit

"Looting is a term that we typically use when people of color or urban dwellers are doing something. We tend not to use that term for other people when they do the exact same thing," said Boyd.

This is nonsense.

To be clear, we don't know the identities or races of the majority of the thieves involved in this crime wave.

lol you're the one who brought up that looters are POC....

Martin Reynolds, Co-executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education thinks back to Hurricane Katrina, when largely Black New Orleans residents were labeled looters for crimes of survival - stealing water, food, and supplies before federal government aid arrived.

oh god they just had to wedge katrina in there.

"This seems like it's an organized smash and grab robbery. This doesn't seem like looting. We're thinking of scenarios where first responders are completely overwhelmed. And folks, often may be on their own," he said.

It wouldn't be a dumbass article lecturing people about race if it doesn't include the classic "folks"!

sfturtle11
sfturtle11
52 · 3 days ago · Reddit

“Is the rampant crime the problem?”

“No, it’s the words we use to describe the crime that’s the problem.”

Throwawaystartover
Throwawaystartover
36 · 3 days ago · Reddit

If the media says they don’t know the race, they’re black. The sad truth.

EGOT4LIFE
EGOT4LIFE
19 · 3 days ago · Reddit

Oh hell no, not gonna be pc about this nonsense it was looting/​shoplifting. It's probably gonna get worse if laws aren't changed to adapt to this brazen thievery.

Mark Gonsalves
Mark Gonsalves
5 · 3 days ago · Twitter

Ok, let’s go with “borrowing without intent to pay or return.”

fffmpf
fffmpf
8 · 3 days ago · Reddit

Guessing the perps love arguing with McDonalds employees about the freshness of French fries

dewayneestes
dewayneestes
7 · 2 days ago · Reddit

There was an article on the homepage of Sfgate conflating these massive shoplifting raids with a homeless person stealing a bag of chips from a convenience store because they’re hungry. It’s hard to fathom how anyone could be so ignorant unless they’re just straight up gaslighting.

Spaddle
Spaddle
4 · 3 days ago · Twitter

Countdown to until we start calling rape victims "unwilling sperm recipients" https://t.co/​ocPKxJJlW0

roamingthoughts
roamingthoughts
4 · 3 days ago · Twitter

I love how everything leftists don't like just gets reworded to sound soft and happy. "It's not looting, it's deft acquisition of personally desired untransacted goods we weren't able to legitimately raise the fiat for"