Black Chicagoans are pushing back against Black Lives Matters protesters and others coming into their neighborhoods and causing chaos and engaging in looting, according to the New York Post. Local residents are recognizing the demonstrators as outsiders unconcerned with the damage they do to the communities.
On Monday night in Chicago, a group of sick children and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House were terrorized by looters who tried to get inside the building. The rioters smashed the front door and windows of the House. The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay so they can be close to their children who are receiving care in a nearby hospital. According to Ronald McDonald Charities’ Lisa Mitchell the families were, “very concerned there was a lot of activity right in front of the house, people making choices that could put them at risk and put our families at risk, so the staff was frightened. They are already in a really, really difficult spot, and having this kind of additional stress and worry about getting to and from the hospital … because of safety concerns is just doubling the strain.”
The day after the Ronald McDonald House incident a group of residents of Englewood, a South Side Chicago neighborhood, decided enough was enough and confronted demonstrators. “If you ain’t from Englewood, get the f - - k out of here,” local resident Darryl Smith told protesters. “Y’all don’t come out when a kid gets shot. Y’all come out when it’s got something to do with the f - - king police. Don’t come in Englewood with it.”
Duane Kidd, a lifelong resident of Englewood, was equally adamant about outside demonstrators invading his community. None of these motherf—ers are gonna be here tomorrow. That’s why I got a problem,” Kidd said. “If they would’ve gotten something incited with the police, who’s gotta deal with it tomorrow? The community. Not them. They’ll be somewhere sipping sangria somewhere. I’m telling you like it is.”
The Englewood residents were successful in forcing the demonstrators to disperse without incident. The confrontation revealed the growing dissatisfaction with the overall movement to defund the police following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis police in May. A recent poll from Gallup relating to Americans’ views on police presence in their neighborhoods found that 61% of all Black Americans want the police presence to remain the same in their community, with an additional 20% saying they would welcome an even greater police presence on their streets. This is in spite of 39% of Black Americans feeling either not too confident or not at all confident that the police would treat them with courtesy and respect, according to the same Gallup poll. A previous Gallup poll found that only 22% of Black Americans favored abolishing police departments, while 90% felt that reforms were needed to ensure that police interactions with all Americans improve.