MSNBC Guest Celebrates Destruction of Businesses: 'Thank Goodness for Looters'

A Native American activist who appeared on MSNBC on Saturday to discuss what he said was racist police violence praised protesters for looting coporate retailers, which he accused of oppressing "our people."

The video: Gyasi Ross, an attorney and a member of the Blackfeet Nation, said on "AM Joy" that the likes of Target and Walmart basically had it coming. 
  • "But thank goodness for the looters, man. You have a place called Target, you have a store called Target, you’re going to be a target," he said.
  • Ross also said corporate retailers had “contributed to the oppression of our people” and that there was “over-policing of brown and black bodies within retail spaces.”
The case for looting: Some commentators sympathetic to racial justice protesters’ cause have justified riots and vandalism and even claimed they are legitimate forms of activism.
  • Last month, a 28-year-old progressive data analyst was fired for tweeting research by a leading black political scientist that suggests nonviolent protest is more effective than the violent kind. 
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