Miami Police Department posted the other day that they had arrested a group of looters, posting on social media a photo with the phrase “Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out?”
Apparently reporter Sarah Jaffe had an issue with that, positing on Twitter that arresting looters was equal to white supremacy.
“good morning, the carceral state exists to protect private property and is inseparable from white supremacy” Jaffe posted Sept. 11 on Twitter, linking to Miami Police Department’s post.
Jaffe is a fellow with the Nation Institute, a liberal non-profit “dedicated to a free & independent press.” She has written for Salon and The Washington Post and the Atlantic. She also wrote a book titled “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt.”
Social media caught fire responding to the journalists statement:
“Apparently arresting people for stealing is inseparable from white supremacy – who knew?” Twitchy posted.
“Hey girl!” Plutonium Blonde responded on Twitter. “My kids need shoes … what size are you?”
While other people took her tone with zero toleration:
“If you want to make a point about disproportionate Black incarceration, then make it. But a statement like this makes you look ridiculous,” said a John Woodin on Twitter.
“They have prisons, crime, and private property in Nigeria too. And Egypt. And India,” said a Simon Green on Twitter. “Nothing to do with white supremacy. Poverty/inequality.”
This is how Jaffe decided to reply to such posts…
“every now and then I check replies on my tweets and confirm why I have the quality filter on: that s—‘s full of Nazis”
Looters who are swooping in on properties with evacuated owners have captured the attention of the public in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
In Florida, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said at a news conference that, “We will be very aggressive with anybody who we find looting.”