posted on Jun, 3 2020 @ 06:41 AM
a reply to: Bluntone22
Lives lost is tragic, but there's another cost beyond that.
44% of the US's economy is in small business. We've watched those same small businesses, many of them in the communities we think of as underserved
being smashed, looted, burned for the last few nights. Those are people's lives being destroyed, maybe not is as graphic or final a fashion as with
the two you listed, but the ripple effect through those communities will be wider.
Those stores served people with goods and services hard to obtain.
I remember the interview of the older lady wondering in tears where she was going to go to get her food, her medications. The rioters burned all the
stores in her neighborhood. She had no transportation to simply go elsewhere to shop.
Most of those small business owners aren't the firefighter who sunk his life savings into a sports bar. They won't get interviewed and have GoFundMe
pages set up in their names that raise a million dollars to set them back on their feet, and if they did, many will be bitter and not go back to the
very places that burned them out.
Most of these businesses were already suffering profoundly from the economic lockdowns, and then they got looted, burned, destroyed.
Everyone thinks about this cost when a natural disaster rolls through an area, but why is this suddenly different?
edit on 3-6-2020 by ketsuko because: (no reason given)