The riots in Baltimore can teach America a lot of things. Here’s one lesson:
Members of three Baltimore street gangs came together in unity during Monday’s riots to protect businesses — or at least some of them.
Crips, Bloods and Black Guerilla Family gang members reportedly stood guard in front of some black-owned businesses to protect them from would-be looters and arsonists. Instead, ne’er-do-wells were directed to businesses owned by Arabs and Chinese, according to The New York Times.
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“I rolled over here on a truck and I was the only Crip, and everybody else was Bloods, and they didn’t do anything to me,” Charles, a Crip, told The Times. “We’re together in this.”
“There is only so far that you can push people into a corner. We’re frustrated and that’s why we’re out there in the streets,” Charles added.
He told The Times that he and members of the Bloods gang quashed their beef and protected black-owned businesses and their owners.
“Instead, he said, they pointed the rioters toward Chinese- and Arab-owned stores,” The Times reported.
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Some black-owned businesses — which make up about 35 percent of Baltimore’s businesses — apparently knew of the protection that that status could provide. Some posted signs as early as Saturday, which also saw some rioting and looting, notifying would-be looters that they were black-owned.
This is something very foreign to White Americans. . .and it disturbs them. Blacks trying to defend their own businesses while having no concerns what happens to non-Black businesses shows a high level of racial solidarity—an explicit tribalism that most Whites don’t like. But unfortunately for “colorblind” Whites, every race practices this kind of tribalism—except for Whites. It’s the rule of us vs. them, the in-group vs. the out-group, the gang vs. the other.
It’s an idea Whites need to stop rejecting and start accepting.