As a copywriter and a business owner, I have a voice. As an older white guy, as a young black man, as a 30-year-old suburban Millennial living in my parent’s basement, as a Hispanic female elementary school teacher, I would have a different voice. You can hear all those other voices on CNN, Fox, CBS, MSNBC, Breitbart – pick your flavor. I’m writing as a business owner.
When all the Wuhan Coronavirus and the current social unrest fades (be assured that it will), what’s left? You and me providing needed goods and services to our community. That’s what we do. We own the hair salon, the photo studio, the bike shop, the bar, the restaurant, and the insurance agency. When we see, for the last week, businesses across America being robbed and burned, OUR stores, it makes us angry and spurs us to take action. Let’s be clear about what we think and what we are going to do.
Screw people who want to rob, kill, and destroy. To hell with ANTIFA. For sure, we oppose racism in any form – our customers, our neighbors, and friends – come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. When all the dust settles, the fires are extinguished and people move on, people will need us to step up and serve. We will because that’s what we do. America was and is and always will be built on the backs of people who take risks and get rewarded for taking those risks by serving others. That’s life – more to the point that’s American life.
The USA is a great place, but it needs reform. It always has and always will need reform. We stand behind and indeed arm to arm with all people who abhor dirty, racist cops. That does not mean All Cops Are Bastards or that we should spray paint “FUCK 12” on our storefronts. Most police officers are terrific people who work hard and risk their lives to protect all of us. We appreciate their service and now, more than ever, we need them to help us all.
As a business owner, I’ve had it with the looting and destruction. I don’t care, Mr. Mayor, Mr. Governor, Mr. President, if you’re a Republican or Democrat, Progressive or Conservative, you must put a stop to the anarchy right now. That means coming down hard on the thieves and anarchists who are only interested in destruction and mayhem. That’s why we pay our taxes, for protection and order. If you fail to protect us and our property, then we will vote your sorry ass out of office. And remember Mr. and Ms. Politician, for every scumbag armed with a brick or a Molotov cocktail, there are 10,000 of us. We vote – in large numbers and in every election.
Count on us to clean up the mess, take the boards off of our windows, restock our shelves, and serve the public. If we do not do that, America dies and the anarchist assholes win. We will not allow that to happen. And know, without any doubt, who “we” are. We are Black, Brown, White, Asian – we are business owners who refuse to lay down and die for the benefit of an angry mob.