History from BelowIn the American context, property has always been racialized.
“One of the earliest forms of American looting is runaway slaves,” Terry told the HPR.
More recently, looting played an important role in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s.
Because so much of the discourse around looting is determined by the media, it is important to think critically about the aims and consequences of looting.
Once the media shifts its attention to looting as a violent counterpart to peaceful protest, crime itself becomes the story and looting becomes a racialized act.