“Experts” slammed for warning against using the term “looting” to describe large-scale thefts in California

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Critics reacted strongly to claims by “experts” on Monday that the use of the term “looting” to describe recent large-scale thefts from retail stores in California could be associated with people of color and therefore should not be used.

According to ABC’s local Bay Area affiliate, the California Penal Code did not allow the use of the term “looting” to describe thefts involving large groups of people because, in their view, the definition did not match. to the law. as defined by law. He also cited two people he called “experts,” who described the term as reminiscent of blacks and people of color associated with the act of looting.

“Under the California Penal Code, what we saw was not looting,” he wrote. “The penal code defines looting as” theft or burglary … during a “state of emergency”, “a local emergency” or “an evacuation order” resulting from an earthquake, fire , flood, riot or other natural or man-made disaster. “”

The affiliate cited Lorenzo Boyd, professor of criminal justice and community policing at New Haven University, and a retired former police officer, who described the term through a racial lens.

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“Looting is a term we generally use when people of color or townspeople are doing something. We tend not to use that term for other people when they are doing the exact same thing,” he said. he declared to the affiliate.

The affiliate stressed that they do not yet know the identity and race of the perpetrators of the recent spate of thefts, before clarifying that they occurred after Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal last Friday.

He then cited Martin Reynolds, co-executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute of Journalism Education, who recalled black residents of New Orleans described as looters for committing “survival crimes” as a result of the Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when they stole water, food and other supplies before receiving assistance from the federal government.

“It appears to be an organized armed robbery. It doesn’t look like looting. We are thinking of scenarios where first responders are completely overwhelmed and people can often be alone,” Reynolds said.

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Critics have taken to social media to criticize the attempt to portray the crime wave as anything other than looting, with some suggesting the change would make no difference, and others calling it an attempt to be politically correct .

“It’s looting. Just as there have been riots in Kenosha, not just protests,” wrote former Republican Gov. of Wisconsin Scott Walker, referring to the unrest in Kenosha after the non-fatal police shooting. against Jacob Blake.

“‘Experts.’ Remember, they believe that if they can control language, they control reality. It’s time to “break and grab” that garbage, “Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce wrote as a other simply wrote, “Uh, okay.”

One reviewer compared opposition to the use of the term “pillage” to people claiming critical race theory was only taught in law schools and not to school-aged children. “There was no looting. In fact, ‘looting’ is just a term used in law school,” he wrote.

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