Friday, July 15, 1977

When Poverty’s Part of Life, Looting Is Not Condemned

In much of East Harlem yesterday, as in other areas hard hit by looting and vandalism during the blackout, a visitor yesterday found people who said that despair was so deep and opportunities so limited in their communities that the act of taking someone else’s property is not condemned. “They don’t have no chance out here.”

Minority-owned businesses, having little or nothing to lose, were not as hard-hit. “We own the nickel-and-dime operations – pet shops, and things like that.”

excerpt from Charlayne Hunter-Gault NYT 7/15/77

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