The rally was held in response to the arrest of over 100 rioters over the weekend.
BLM Chicago posted a flyer on Twitter advertising the event, claiming, “The people arrested last night” were “protesting another police shooting” and were jailed for “taking reparations from corporations.”
We will be rallying at jail support TONIGHT! 7pm at 18th & State
— BLMChicago (@BLMChi) August 10, 2020
A speaker at the rally, BLM activist Ariel Atkins, told the crowd, “I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike, because that makes sure that person eats. That makes sure that person has clothes.”
“That makes sure that person can make some kind of money because this city obviously doesn’t care about them,” she continued. “Not only that, that’s reparations.”
BLM member in Chicago explains why it is okay to loot and steal. They call it "reparations." I completely disagree with their rationale.
This is the result of generational victimhood and a culture of big government dependence being peddled to the economically disadvantaged. pic.twitter.com/e2i5QE2Zop
— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) August 11, 2020