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Video: Black-Owned Boutique Ransacked in Philly Riots, Owner Left in Tears

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Americans have had enough of the nationwide riots.

While many on the left have defended the violence and looting of riots as merely an overdue expression of outrage over the alleged systemic injustices perpetrated by racially biased police officers in America, as it turns out, these riots have hurt the very people leftists purport to uplift: black business owners.

Yet another example of this comes in the form of entrepreneur and Peirce College graduate Jameelah Scurry.

Scurry is the co-owner (alongside her brother) of La’vanter Boutique, a Philadelphia boutique that was destroyed and looted amid unrest in Philadelphia following the shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr.

Wallace was killed by police officers on Monday afternoon. Armed with a knife, Wallace disobeyed police demands to drop the weapon, authorities said, and was moving toward the officers when they opened fire.

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The Black Lives Matter-inspired protests that subsequently broke out in Philadelphia eventually led to riots that destroyed Scurry’s business on Tuesday, as seen in the video below:

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“It’s been a long, long rough journey from selling our home, moving, taking everything in our savings to basically follow our dreams and inspirations, me and my brother,” Scurry told WPVI-TV.

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“Me graduating from Peirce, that was a long journey too. I actually was very, very proud of myself graduating in a pandemic. It was extremely hard with all the George Floyd riots and all of that going on, the injustice of black people and it just was a major accomplishment for me and my family.

“It’s been a long, long road,” Scurry continued as she began to break down into tears.

Scurry set up a GoFundMe with the goal of raising $15,000 in hopes of saving the business.

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As of Friday, the GoFundMe had raised over $35,000.

“It’s a real blessing. I appreciate each and everybody that reached out to even give us encouraging words, praying for us,” Scurry said.

“The GoFundMe, it really was a blessing, a major blessing to see that the community can come together and give us some type of light with all of the things that are going on in America.”

Although the group and the decentralized movement that champions its name haven’t (for the most part) told their advocates to engage in violent riots and looting sprees, Black Lives Matter has manufactured significant outrage by furthering the myth that police officers kill African-Americans at a disproportionate due to the innate anti-black racism that exists within the psyche of every white American.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The supporters of the BLM movement and the philosophies primarily motivating it (namely anti-racism, white fragility and critical race theory) advance this absurd, racist notion.

If the lies of BLM are to be believed — that innocent black men are hunted down every day by racially biased police officers and that the black community is perpetually held down by the unseen forces of systemic racism — then rioting, looting and violence in response to those perceived injustices only makes logical sense.

That’s why the left has been so hesitant to condemn the numerous riots that have followed “mostly peaceful” demonstrations.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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