How Does Obstructing Businesses “Petition the Government”?

Protesters claim to be protesting police, but they are obstructing businesses instead.

Here is the text of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Notice that nowhere is mentioned the right of the people to obstruct customers and destroy revenue to local businesses.

So what is going on with these “protesters” obstructing “the Mall of America”?

From “Thousands of #BlackLivesMatter protesters swarm Mall of America.”

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On one of the busiest shopping days of the year, thousands of #BlackLivesMatter protesters packed the Mall of America outside Minneapolis on Saturday to call for police reform in the wake of the officer-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“I’m getting my feelings out and I’m letting the world know that we’re not going to take this anymore,” Emma Eubanks, a 18-year-old protester told Fusion just before the event began.

The most obvious response is: If you have a problem with the police, then why aren’t you protesting them? The most obvious thing to do would be to have a protest at a police station, or several police stations. This would show your numbers and your message to the actual people you are complaining about.

And you wouldn’t be robbing businesses.

An even better venue for a truly peaceful protest would be the state capital where rules are made about law enforcement.

But what is the point of obstructing Christmas shopping? Why punish the innocent?

Of course, if protestors actually tried to obstruct a police station the way they obstructed these businesses, I think the police would have responded much more severely. That is rather irritating since it shows that the police are going to do more to protect themselves than they will do for your business. But it also shows the cowardice involved in obstructing the Mall of America.

Michael McDowell, a 20-year-old protester from Minneapolis told Fusion the protesters selected the Mall of America because “if we’re spending our dollar…they should step up.”

Really? So you punish the people who make their living serving your needs and deprive them of revenue? You obstruct other people from spending their dollar?

All this protest did was make the merchants ask for police involvement. These protesters have actually increased the merchants’ loyalty to and dependence on the police. How is that possibly going to help your cause?

Furthermore, these protesters made the issues of police violence into an exclusively “Black issue.” That is completely delusional. (One example among many: Does this guy look black to you?)

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But, if they manage to convince the populace that they alone are at risk, it will mean they have culturally and politically isolated themselves. Instead of having common ground with all races, they are telling the public that the rest of us are safe. They are essentially hoping in some form of White guilt to come to their rescue rather than making common cause with people who share their concerns.

I can’t think of a stupider strategy.