7 Ways White Women Have Used Their Privilege To Fuel Riots And Mayhem

7 Ways White Women Have Used Their Privilege To Fuel Riots And Mayhem

Why are members of the fairer sex on the frontlines of riotous efforts to support a movement that insists they're racist, capitalism is racist, and the whole system is racist?
Emily Jashinsky and Madeline Osburn
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Social media is awash with curious images of woke white women creating mayhem at Black Lives Matter demonstrations. They’ve burned down a Wendy’s, set fire to cop cars, screamed obscenities in the faces of police officers, and assaulted a Wisconsin lawmaker.

It’s strange to observe white women in pricey athleisure scream at black cops and dress like they’re in “The Purge” to set fast food restaurants ablaze. It raises a question as to why members of the fairer sex are on the frontlines of riotous efforts to support a movement that insists they’re racist, capitalism is racist, and the whole system is racist. Here’s a round-up of some of the most noteworthy examples from recent weeks.

1. Assaulted Wisconsin Democrat State Sen. Tim Carpenter

Wisconsin State Sen. Tim Carpenter, who is a Democrat and openly gay, was assaulted in Madison Tuesday night by what appears to be two white women protestors charging toward him. It was reported that Carpenter collapsed walking to the statehouse building and paramedics were called.

“I don’t know what happened … all I did was stop and take a picture … and the next thing I’m getting five-six punches, getting kicked in the head,” Carpenter told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

2. Set Fire to an Atlanta Wendy’s

Natalie White, 29, faces first-degree arson charges for starting a fire at an Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant as retribution for the police killing of Rayshard Brooks. White turned herself in after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

3. Supplied Instructions for the Destruction of Statues

CUNY Professor Erin L. Thompson describes herself as “America’s only full-time professor of art crime,” who studies “damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art.” Naturally, as protestors have continued tearing down statues across the country regardless of the statue’s significance or history, Thompson gave her two cents on the best methods for the senseless destruction.

“Use chain instead of rope and it’ll go faster,” Thompson tweeted.

Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist and Egyptologist, also weighed in on best practices for tearing down obelisks or monuments. Even going as far as suggesting her followers look for a monument in Birmingham, Alabama to destroy.

4. Justified ‘The Destruction of Property’

R.H. Lossin, a white women, wrote an article for The Nation titled, “In Defense of Destroying Property” in which she explores the question: What if property destruction “is not a frustrated, emotional reaction but a reasonable and articulate expression in itself?”

Lossin argues, “property destruction is not synonymous with the violence that is being protested” and that we must not conflate people and objects. She addresses the “more complicated matter” of the destruction of small businesses, which are often minority-owned, by writing them off as “instrumentalized in the service” of capitalism.

Additionally, we shouldn’t let the image of “mom and pop” shops conflate property and people, she notes.

5. Set Fire to Police Cars

This Seattle woman was arrested and charged with federal arson for setting fire to Seattle police vehicles.

Police arrested and charged Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, for allegedly setting two police cars on fire at protests in Philadelphia on May 30. Police were able to identify and track Blumenthal down from a photo that showed her tattoo and a unique shirt she bought on Etsy.

6. Screamed Obscenities at Cops

7. Taunted Black Police Officers

Journalist Kara Voght writes in a Mother Jones report on the suburban white women voting bloc that “The Trump era has seen the emergence of the ‘resistance’ woman, a small, progressive-leaning subset of educated white women radicalized by Trump’s win.” Just last year, “the share of college-educated women in the U.S. workforce passed the share of college-educated men,” The Washington Post reported.

The irony of these radicalized, educated women announcing their privilege and “white guilt” as if it’s something to brag about is that doing so loudly and violently as they have in recent weeks is perhaps the highest form of white privilege.

Emily Jashinsky is Culture Editor at The Federalist. Madeline Osburn is Staff Editor at The Federalist and Producer of the Federalist Radio Hour.

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