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'Experts' blasted for cautioning against use of term 'looting' to describe large-scale California thefts

“Experts” are criticized for cautioning against using the term “looting”, to describe California’s large-scale thefts

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Critics were furious Monday at claims made by “experts”, that the use of “looting” in California to describe recent, large-scale retail store thefts could be linked to people of colour and shouldn’t have been. 

The local ABC affiliate in the Bay Area claimed that the California Penal Code doesn’t permit the use of “looting”, to describe thefts involving large numbers of people. This was because the law’s definition of looting didn’t align with the ABC’s. The ABC also quoted two “experts” who claimed that the term is reminiscent to Black people and other people with a history of looting.

According to the California Penal Code what we saw wasn’t looting, it said. “The penal code defines looting as ‘theft or burglary…during a ‘state of emergency,’ ‘local emergency,’ or ‘evacuation order’ resulting from an earthquake, fire, flood, riot or other natural or manmade disaster.'”

Lorenzo Boyd (a professor of Criminal Justice and Community Policing, University of New Haven) was cited by the affiliate. Boyd is also a veteran police officer who used a racial lens to explain the term.

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We use the term “Looting” when urban dwellers or people of color are engaged in something. He said that it is not a common term to refer to other people doing the exact same thing.

Before noting that there was no way to know the identity and race of the perpetrators in the latest wave of thefts they were committing, the affiliate said that it had been made after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted.

The Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education Co-executive Director was then mentioned. Reynolds is reminded of New Orleans’ Black residents who were “crimes of Survival” after Hurricane Katrina 2005. They stole food, water and other supplies before receiving federal aid.

This seems like an organized smash-and grab robbery. This does not seem to be looting. This is how we envision situations where first responders become overwhelmed. Reynolds stated that people, sometimes may be alone.”

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Social media was used by critics to attack the attempts to label the crime wave something other than looting. Some suggested that the changes wouldn’t have any effect, while others called it an attempt to be politically correct. 

“It’s looting. Former Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wrote, “It’s looting. Scott Walker wrote in reference to unrest in Kenosha that followed the non-fatal shooting of Jacob Blake by police. 

“‘Experts.’ They believe that if they have control over the language, they have control of reality. Time to “smash and grab” this garbage,” Fox News’ Tammy Bruce wrote. Another simply wrote: “Umm, okay.”

One critic compared criticisms of using the word “looting” with people who claim critical race theory is taught only to law students and not school-aged children. There was never looting. He wrote that ‘looting is just a term in law school.”

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