MADISON, Wis. — If you happen to take a stroll round downtown Madison, you’ll hear companies discuss how damaged we’ve change into.
One enterprise proprietor who was cleansing up damaged glass from Monday night time mentioned, “Look what occurred on the Sq.. Most likely 100 home windows have been damaged within the companies.”
One other enterprise proprietor mentioned the damaged home windows are a small concern for him, and that the outrage ought to actually be geared towards Black folks dying by the hands of police.
“This nation is getting torn aside proper now however I imagine standing and saying what you imagine in goes to evoke change,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he doesn’t essentially get pleasure from strolling into work to see damaged home windows however, “I might welcome the sight of damaged glass, damaged bottles, vandalism versus seeing one other particular person being killed by the hands of the police.”
However not all enterprise house owners agree.
“This isn’t going to assist,” mentioned one downtown enterprise proprietor. “We have to get to the desk and do the types of issues that have to be finished.”
One other enterprise proprietor mentioned, “I feel it was completely unrelated to the protests. It’s simply straight vandalism and opportunists benefiting from the scenario. It takes away from the true message and what’s making an attempt to alter right here which is a disgrace as a result of the message is an efficient message. It’s the best message. That is the fallacious approach to go about it by vandalizing enterprise. Need to make a change? Get out and vote. Make the Governor put voting locations the place folks can attain them. Do issues which might be going to matter and make a change. Not inflicting destruction for the sake of making an attempt to boost consciousness for what? All it does it alienate individuals who could possibly be united in a trigger.”
Many of the enterprise house owners mentioned what happened in Kenosha was fallacious and the trigger behind the protests is legitimate, however that they don’t imagine that is the way it needs to be dealt with by destroying companies downtown.
One enterprise proprietor mentioned he feels that the vitality that some individuals are placing into being indignant about damaged glass ought to as an alternative be channeled towards seeing “precise human beings being shot or killed on video on-line by police. That deserves a response.”
Regardless of the distinction in opinions that enterprise house owners have, all are hoping that change is on the horizon.
“I really feel hopeful there will likely be change, that every one of this gained’t be for nothing,” a enterprise proprietor mentioned. “Daily, each window that’s damaged, each voice that’s heard screaming on the streets, that helps transfer that needle slightly bit farther to alter in breaking this systemic racism in our society. I’m looking forward to that.”
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