Rapper Cardi B. set Twitter ablaze Wednesday with a controversial tweet justifying looting and violence by claiming Minnesota protesters have “No Choice.”
Cardi B. tweeted along with a video of looting:
They looting in Minnesota and as much as I don’t like this type of violence it is what it is .Too much peaceful marches,too much trending hashtags and NO SOLUTIONS! The people are left with NO CHOIce
Per Breitbart, Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, once boasted of having drugged and robbed men “in order to survive” back in the days when she worked as a stripper.
“Whether or not they were poor choices at the time, I did what I had to do to survive,” she wrote at the time. “I never claimed to be perfect or come from a perfect world.”
Several Twitter users responded to Cardi B. arguing looting and violence is not the answer.
Jose Nunez wrote “Sorry Cardi no one will agree. THERE IS NO REASON TO LOOT AT A STORE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS HORRIBLE MURDER. This is called taking ADVANTAGE of a situation. Everyone doing this should be arrested right next to these four cops.”
Julia Serra wrote “Stealing and looting certainly isn’t the answer, this only makes things worse
Another Twitter user wrote “I completely support the protest. As a black person in America, our voices need to be heard. But I don’t understand why they need to rob Target. Like, what statement is being made by robbing and destroying a store? Can someone clarify?”
According Star Tribune, Minneapolis shuddered with violence overnight Wednesday, as rioters ignited fires and looted stores all over the city, standing in stark contrast to the mostly peaceful protests outside of a South Side police station over the police killing of George Floyd.
Early Thursday, city and law enforcement officials were still tallying the full toll of the night, which saw at least five people struck by gunfire, one fatally when the owner of a pawn shop opened fire on a man he believed was burglarizing his business. Dozens of businesses were either looted or torched, or both, mostly in the area of Minnehaha Avenue and E. Lake Street, but also along business corridors on the city’s North and South sides.
The National Guard was ordered to the 3rd Precinct police station to relieve Minneapolis police officers, as demonstrators encircled the precinct, chanting loudly and carrying banners demanding justice for Floyd. St. Paul police and the State Patrol were also on hand.
It’s not clear how many arrests police made throughout the night. In the fatal shooting, a 59-year-old man was booked into the Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of murder, according to online jail records.
Department sources say the suspect shot a man whom he assumed was trying to loot Cadillac Pawn & Jewelry, at 1538 E. Lake St. — about a mile west of the main protest site. The victim, whose identity hasn’t yet been released, died later at a nearby hospital.
“Please, please, Minneapolis,” an emotional Mayor Jacob Frey told a Star Tribune reporter just before midnight. “We cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy. The activity around Lake and Hiawatha is now unsafe. Please, help us keep the peace. …”