Hurricane Harvey has left the people of Texas devastated. Now, their problems are coming from more than just the bad weather, and one group, in particular, is to blame.
Obviously, there are some people looking for supplies and food. These people need this stuff to survive, but the fact is, there are looters in the major cities tearing into stores big and small throughout the state. Color of Change, a group founded by former President Obama’s Green Jobs czar, Van Jones, started a petition to support the looters in Texas and wants a formal apology from those who pointed out the looters, according to Frontpage Mag.
Color of Change was founded by Van Jones in 2005, and both the organization and its founder have been controversial. Van Jones later became Obama’s special advisor for Green Jobs and again came under criticism from prominent Republican figures and mainstream news outlets for his radical views and statements.
Here is the problem with Color of Change’s current petition: The organization is not talking about people who are going into grocery stores and taking a loaf of bread and some water. They are actually defending those people who are going into grocery stores and looting the registers for cash, or stealing electronics.
Tom Llamas, of ABC, officially reported that there was looting taking place in Texas and the people of Color of Change lost their minds, posting their petition. The petition is essentially accusing Llamas of “looter-blaming.”
The petition reads, “We are asking you and reporter, Tom Llamas to issue an apology. Instead of reporting on the desperate circumstances of Hurricane Harvey with compassion, he actually diverted first responder resources that could be used to save stranded families–and called the police on victims searching for food.”
As previously mentioned, these folks were not looking for food. They were busting open registers and stealing money. There is video footage of them committing these criminal acts.
Furthermore, the reporting needed to happen to protect the people who might be in the area during the looting. If these people are willing to break into homes and businesses to steal money, what is to stop them from attacking an innocent flood victim?
The kicker is that Color of Change brought up the point that local authorities stated they would arrest anyone who is caught looting. They will face jail time for their actions, period.
It is almost as if Color of Change forgot how the justice system works. Despite Hurricane Harvey, if you go into a store and empty the register, you will go to jail. There is no question about that, so why is this different?
The Daily Mail reports that arrests are already happening across the state. There have been forty people arrested for breaking into both homes and businesses.
On top of everything else, the city has also told the people who are still in their homes to beware of people who are pretending to be fire fighters or Homeland Security special agents.
No one should be supporting people who are stealing from others and potentially harming them for their own benefit. Hurricane Harvey brought most of the country together, but this behavior cannot and should not be tolerated.
The State of Texas is not having it and will arrest anyone who thinks they are above the law. We shouldn’t support those who tolerate that criminal activity either, even former Obama advisors.