From Natalie DuBose, the African-American owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More in Ferguson, in an interview with CNN before the Ferguson decision was announced.
“If I can’t open my doors every morning, I can’t feed my kids in the evening,” the mother of two told CNN. She hopes her store will not become a target during protests.
“Just don’t burn my shop down, don’t destroy it.”
Unfortunately, Ms. Dubose’s shop was attacked after the decision was announced. Rage and protests are understandable, but why destroy Ms. Dubose’s and other minority business owners’ businesses? Time after time in race riots, minority business owners have suffered inordinately from indiscriminate, rampaging violence and destruction, which suggests that for many of the rioters the point is less about racial grievances and more about the rampage.