Black Firefighter Spent His Life's Savings to Open a Sports Bar, Minneapolis Rioters Burnt It to the Ground

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Protestors demonstrate outside of a burning Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

One of the things that Killer Mike spoke of during his passionate speech about people rioting, looting and destroying businesses in Atlanta was that rioters were destroying black businesses right along with everything else in the neighborhood.

We saw that in Minneapolis as well, where over 170 businesses were burnt or damaged. What good does it do to burn down the Wendy’s, to burn down new low income housing, to burn down the needed check cashing place? Yet all of that went. And what business would ever dare to set up there again, knowing what had happened.

Every business that went down had a story and put people out of work, that on top of the pandemic with lockdowns that already decimated so much of the economy.

A black firefighter, Korboi Balla, who had invested his life savings into his dream of setting up a sports bar in Minneapolis first had to delay opening because of the pandemic, but then was planning on opening June 1.

The rioters left his bad in ruins and Balla in tears over losing his life’s work.

From Daily Caller:

But by Friday morning, Balla’s bar was little more than a pile of bricks after protests of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on Monday, led to widespread rioting and looting in the city.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Korboi Balla told CBS News on Thursday morning while holding back tears. “It hurts, man. It’s not fair, it’s not right. We’ve been working so hard for this place. It’s not just for me, it’s for my family.”


His bar was torched Wednesday night. While media was interviewing him on Thursday morning, more rioters tried to break into a safe he had in the back of the bar.

“As we were standing in front of the restaurant, people were in the back trying to steal the safe!” Balla’s wife, Twyana Balla, wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. “This just happened an hour ago in broad daylight!”

Twyana Balla added in the post that she and her husband do not have insurance for their business.

“I’m hearing people say F*** the business they have insurance WELL WE DON’T AND THIS IS ALL OUT OF POCKET,” Twyana Balla wrote. “Let someone come run in your home and loot for the cause then let’s see you be ok with it!”

“Justice for George Floyd but not this kind of justice,” she wrote.


How does hurting this man or any of the other businesses serve anything except the cause of anarchy and those who want to destroy the country?


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