A terrible senseless tragedy happened last Monday in Minneapolis with the murder of George Floyd. I hope justice is served when the police officer comes to trial.
We are presently under a curfew here in the state of Arizona from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until 5 a.m. on June 8th (but it can be extended longer). There are exceptions to the curfew. You can go to work. You can be out to obtain food. You can be out to take care of a loved one, friend, pet. If you are a first responder, obviously you can be out .
I totally respect PEACEFUL protests. I detest protests that turn violent and cause damage and looting.
That is what happened here Friday night in Phoenix. A lot of broken windows downtown where the protests were and grafitti'd buildings. We took a drive down there on Saturday afternoon and saw the boarded up windows.
Now here is where things start getting really interesting. A city over from us, Scottsdale, is a pretty affluent city. Myra will attest to that. She'll also attest (I'm sure) that it has a nickname of Snotsdale due to the attitude of some people who live there.
I thought for sure Scottsdale would not have protests and if they did that they would be peaceful ones. I was WRONG!! Saturday night was filled with looting and violence in Old Town Scottsdale and by the Fashion Square mall. The Apple store was broken into (but thankfully Apple had put all their stuff away so nothing got stolen). Neiman Marcus looted. Urban Outfitters and some others. The protesters (lets stop at this point calling them protesters and go to rioters) left the mall area and headed up the road, destroying some more buildings including a PF Chang restaurant. If they had headed down the road they would have walked right by the restaurant son works at (he and the restaurant were fine, no damage).
I thought the world had gone crazy that the Scottsdale people would do such a thing. But as the story started coming out, it appeared perhaps it was people brought in to do the rioting and looting. Jake Paul, a popular YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers to his channel, happened to be there at the protest (riot??) in Scottsdale and was filming it. Jake Paul is not a native Arizonan and lives in Los Angeles. How did he know to come over?????
Now here is another thing really interesting. Its okay if you stopped reading by now.
Saturday afternoon while scrolling through Facebook I saw a protest that was turning ugly in La Mesa, California. The protesters had taken over the freeway and shut it down for a long time, both east and west. I woke up Sunday morning seeing pictures on my Facebook feed of businesses destroyed, burned down, looted. A major shopping center, Grossmont Center, with significant damage.
I grew up in La Mesa, California from the age of seven and lived there until I got married at age 22. Grossmont Center was a favorite hangout of mine. One of the major streets vandalized was Spring Street, just blocks from where I lived. La Mesa was a very family friendly, low crime town.
Now here's another interesting thing. From various sources, most of which I considered reliable, there were reports that groups were possibly going to be targeting some other shopping centers here in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area on Sunday night and perhaps even going into neighborhoods to pillage and cause damage.
At this point and especially seeing the looting in Santa Monica, California and other cities, we tended to consider anything we read as being something to seriously think about so we made sure we were prepared just in case though we don't live in a fancy neighborhood. We also warned son and DIL about what we had heard.
But thankfully the governor announced the 8 p.m. curfew starting last night. It was a relief really. I'm not sure what would have happened if the reports were true. There was a protest last night in downtown Phoenix that didn't stop at curfew time so 200 people were arrested over the course of the next hour and a half for still being downtown and not off the streets.
We are dealing with more than "just" protests over an innocent man's life.
Its calculated, its planned. Hubby says he feels a game is being played. He just wishes he knew how to play it and what the next move should be.
Watch yourself out there. Be educated. Read all you can.
I follow tons of social media sites just to get a feel of what is going on.
Again, its calculated. its planned.
Watch yourself out there.