The far left website Salon.com is directing its anger over the Baltimore riots at two unlikely targets for very odd reasons.
According to Salon, Five Guys restaurants and Whole Foods (no conservative bastion) have committed the sin of donating food to the men and women of the National Guard sent to the city by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R).
Hogan first mobilized and then sent the National Guard to quell days of violence that overwhelmed local police who were inexplicably ordered by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to “stand down” and give space to those “who wished to destroy.”
And destroy they did.
Over the next two days, rioters injured more than 20 police officers as they looted and burned down dozens of businesses leading to the arrest more than 250 people to bring an uneasy peace to Baltimore streets.
Joanna Rothkopf writing for Salon did not report about the lawlessness of thugs and anarchists bussed in to foment violence… the lack of leadership by Baltimore’s Mayor and her “stand down” police order to let lawbreakers run wild… or the antics of race merchants like of “Rev.” Al Sharpton who predictably jumped into the fray to demand “justice”.
Rather, Ms. Rothkopf directed her fire against Five Guys and Whole Foods for donating food to feed National Guard troops that had been called in by state and local officials to restore calm in the city.
Changing subject Rothkopf judgmentally writes:
“All Baltimore City public schools were closed on Tuesday in response to violent protests breaking out across the city in response to Freddie Gray’s death…” “About 84 percent of students in city’s public schools receive free or reduced-price lunches, according to the school district’s website.”
“That’s why it was so shocking to hear that Whole Foods and Five Guys had taken the initiative to provide free food for National Guard soldiers instead of for thousands of high-need children.”
Rothkopf chose to ignore the cost, logistics and risks of feeding Baltimore’s school kids living in the hardest hit areas of the city. Rothkopf acknowledges that “churches and community centers have been scrambling to fill the gap” but that Five Guys and Whole foods had some kind of amorphous responsibility join the effort at the expense of National Guardsmen.
Rather, Five Guys and Whole Foods engaged in charitable acts and had no obligation to donate food to anyone. These establishments deserve praise for their generosity and compassion. Had Rothkopf reported that, the next logical question would be why far more restaurants and grocery stores failed to join in.