Chicago’s been warned.
This week, an activist identifying with Black Lives Matter laid out a threat to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and — it would seem — anyone not down with the cause.
Speaking to local media, Taylor Norwood accused the mayor of “not protecting the black women in this city.”
Furthermore, she asserted, problems have been created “in black brown communities to protect white people.”
On top of that, they’re being robbed “of their right to vote.”
“We really see you for who you are,” she insisted. “You’re not fooling anybody.”
.#BlackLivesMatter activist in Chicago: “We have demands and they need to be met … we’re not asking you anything. We’re telling you what’s about to happen with your permission or not. … You can listen to us or you can get ran over.” pic.twitter.com/yEXFT4LOv9
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 22, 2020
Taylor got personal:
“In the past two months, three of my sisters — my friends — have been arrested and brutalized by the Chicago Police Department. Our mayor has said nothing about it — our black, gay mayor is not protecting the black women in this city. I have a personal problem with that.
“Alicia was arrested during the first protest downtown. Miracle had her teeth knocked out of her mouth. Alicia was thrown on the ground and beaten by several officers. These are women that we are talking about. These are women that are not committing any crimes except for exercising their First Amendment right to speak their voice. We’re speaking out against injustice, systemic racism, police brutality. We’re sick our brothers and our sisters dying in our communities, and the only thing that the mayor can do is sic her dogs on us? Is beat us? Is arrest us? Is steal our lives from us?”
She said the city belongs to her and those with her.
And they’re repossessing it:
“This is our city. Our city — and we’re taking this sh– back. Point blank, period. End of discussion.”
Per Taylor, demands must be met:
“We have demands, and they need to be met. And I feel like I’ve been saying this too much: We’re not asking you anything. We’re telling you what’s about to happen with your permission or not.”
She’d taken some personal time the day before and was shocked by the morning: “I took a day to myself to wake up to find out that my friends are being abused by the f—in’ police?”
As noted by The Daily Wire, at the same press conference, another speaker accused media of concerns over mass theft despite greater horrors:
“People are worried about looting, and there are literal lives being taken away? There are people who are dying, and y’all are mad about people looting [Magnificent] Mile?”
“Get over it! These buildings are insured.”
That stuff will all be replenished, but human beings can’t be:
“Materials will come back, but we will not come back if they kill us! What do y’all not get about that? Gucci, Apple store, whatever it it — that stuff will be replaced, but we won’t be replaced. We lose our lives, people lose our lives every single day for this cause, and y’all are mad about the wrong sh–!”
Which side are you on? (4/4) pic.twitter.com/iU23CJqlQn
— BLMChicago (@BLMChi) August 20, 2020
Back to Taylor, she made things clear — change is coming, by force if necessary:
“You can listen to us or you can get ran over.”
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