On airport televisions nationwide a news agency known as CNN is reporting that black shop owners near the site of ongoing protests in Ferguson MO are boarding up their shops. The reason? Fear of losing their businesses to renewed rioting, looting, and arson following the anticipated decision of the Grand Jury to not indict Police Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of Mike Brown.

Local black hair shop owner Constance Garnett is boarding up her shop.  She fears the loss of the business it took her 11 years to build to a few angry hours worth of petulant, violent rioting:

Meanwhile, a white manager at an nearby gun store delivers an Oscar-worthy performance when he manages to keep a poker face as he describes that sales of guns for personal protection are up 50% thanks to the local unrest. And, he adds, a lot of those people are first-time buyers, thus expanding the shop’s customer base:

The cognitive dissonance must be overwhelming.

Input: Protestors rage for months over a black man shot and killed by a white police officer, even as that officer is subject to a grand jury and prospective criminal prosecution.

Output: Black businesses boarded up by their owners. White businesses increasing sales by 50%.

The unintended consequences fairy was unavailable for comment.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog (autographed copies available) and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle). He also holds Law of Self Defense Seminars around the country, and provides free online self-defense law video lectures at the Law of Self Defense Institute and podcasts through iTunes, Stitcher, and elsewhere.