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America believes in #Ferguson small businesses

America believes in #Ferguson small businesses

What protesters have destroyed, can be rebuilt

Ferguson is on fire, and small businesses are suffering.

Our coverage of the violence in Ferguson has included tweets and photos showing rampant vandalism and destruction of locally owned businesses; from pizza joints to beauty shops to liquor stores, proprietors have been punished for the grand jury verdict, and many shop owners are now weighing the benefits of rebuilding vs. boarding up.

One of those shop owners, Natalie DuBose, has decided to pick up the pieces and keep fighting.

After the grand jury verdict was read and protesters took to the streets, the front windows of Natalie’s shop were smashed, and the bakery portion vandalized. Encouraged by friends and family, she created a GoFundMe donation page, and asked for help:

Hello, I’m Natalie Dubose of Ferguson, Missouri. I’m a small business owner with a cake shop and a bakery dream.

First, I would thank everyone for their warm wishes, empathy, and support during this crazy difficult time.

I would love to write more, and will try soon, but my business is so behind right now.

My shop, which had it’s grand opening this summer was vandalized in the riots.

My main windows were smashed and bakery damaged. I’m beside myself, but with the holidays, can’t stop working.

I’m very busy cleaning and trying to repair my business. I’m also trying to catchup on baking cakes for Thanksgiving!

I promise to update this later. I’m truly mixing batter right now. I began baking and selling cakes at local flea markets, slowly saving money to start my small business.

I LOVE TO BAKE !!!

It was my dream and I’m working hard to accomplish that dream.

The outpouring of support on Twitter, Facebook, and in the media has been amazing. I was in tears.

It was suggested that I start this account by a new friend and here it is. I do need help to rebuild and create a website, so any donations would be a huge assistance.

I’m not sure where to find the money to repair my little bakery. But, even if you just stopped by to say hello. Thank You !!!!

I’ve never felt such love.

Thank You !!!

Natalie

The results have been spectacular. As of this morning, over $60,000 has been raised to help Natalie repair her shop and make ends meet until things calm down in Ferguson.

I’ve repeatedly balked at the suggestion that business owners should “find another place to open up shop,” as if that’s the easiest thing in the world to do. Ferguson is not 1990’s Sarajevo; it’s a community that, until recently, was productive and relatively peaceful. It’s not an isolated soundstage for the media’s latest dystopian fever dream; it’s home.

For people like Natalie, it’s a place that deserves a chance to rebuild.

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“…punished for the grand jury verdict,…” ?
What ever you mean to say there, what you said just sounds wrong to me.

    None of this would have happened if Michael Brown & friend hadn’t committed a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store and then assaulted a police officer.

    That fact seems to keep getting lost in the narrative.

    Valerie in reply to betty. | November 26, 2014 at 8:56 am

    It IS wrong, The rioters want injustice, and because they could not lynch the cop, they decided to burn out the local businesses. But love makes up for a multitude of sins.

And who pays for that ? Not the scum who burned it down. Not the people who lost their stores (the bill put on them is already far more than they can ever think about paying, and no fault of their own either).

Society? You? Me?

And why should I (as a member of society) pay anything towards it? I didn’t burn anything down. Look at the Bronx, look at LA, etc. ‘They’ burned those places down, ‘we’ rebuilt them, ‘they’ burned them down again, etc.

‘Rinse and repeat’? Really?

Every twenty or thirty years or so, ‘they’ have to go off and burn a place down. Always because one black guy got shot by one white cop. Then they want a public lynching, nothing less will do.

If they’re so concerned about ‘black lives matter too’, then where are they when on a typical weekend in Chicago, or New Orleans, or Detroit, etc, black people are killed by other black people? Every week, year in and year out.

The rioters and looters did not like the grand jury verdict, so they used it to justify their actions. They punished local business owners with the vandalizing and the looting.

I have not seen any mention yet of armed business owners protecting their businesses this time around. Some of the rioters had firearms themselves and fired on the police ( with impunity ?!!! )

Being outside with a long arm while all of this is going on is only going to make one a target. This time, the bad guys have guns too.

When I first read about gunshots coming from the crowd, I knew things had gotten out of control. I am surprised an officer, reporter, or civilian has not been hit yet.

      I suggested that each and every business should post a very visible, large format sign that reads as follows:

      WARNING TO RIOTERS, LOOTERS, and VANDALS: WE ARE ARMED. THOSE WHO APPROACH THIS BUSINESS WILL BE ASSUMED TO BE ATTEMPTING KILL OR TO DO GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM AND WILL BE SHOT BY THE OWNERS. THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING.

      Stay on the roof overnight, and SHOOT anyone who approaches with a brick, baseball bat or Molotov cocktail. IF they survive, they WON’T go to the Cops, because then they will have to EXPLAIN what they were doing that got them shot in the first place. More likely though, they will simply see the sign and think “you know, the place down the street looks deserted, maybe I should go there instead and NOT risk getting shot.”

      It looks at least as if SOME of the businesses are thinking the same way I have.

I invite Natalie Dubose to rebuild her store in North Carolina where she won’t have to suffer from the animals in Ferguson.

I heard Jeniece Andrews on Cavuto last night. Her shop Hidden Treasures was destroyed by fire. The link to a picture and the account are on my blog.

Rebuild? Why on God’s Earth would you want to REBUILD in a place where the locals are prone to rioting.

Take ANY money you’ve raised and any Insurance payout you can get, pack up your equipment and RUN. RUN as fast as you can to somewhere the populace isn’t made up of spoiled, welfare children who somehow think that something is “owed” to them, so they can act like thugs.

Because if it isn’t riots, it’s GOING to be OTHER “Strong Arm” robberies when people realize that you have a successful business, and therefore are likely to have cash.

Leave the burned-out husks of the building as a monument to the local’s stupidity. Let them complain and scream that they can no longer get basic essentials because “it’s too far away” and then, with as much snark as can be mustered tell them “well, then you shouldn’t have BURNED DOWN the local market.”

Hell no. Let Ferguson be from here on a wasteland. Let the people know that there are consequences to rioting, that if they burn down businesses they will not be rebuilt, and they will just have to live in the ruins they created.

Ferguson is not 1990′s Sarajevo; it’s a community that, until recently, was productive and relatively peaceful.

And now it isn’t. Tough luck.

It’s not an isolated soundstage for the media’s latest dystopian fever dream; it’s home.

Home can be changed. It’s not like we’re salmon, permanently attached to the same stream. People can and do move. How long do you think this woman was in Ferguson in the first place? Probably not that long. She moved there, she can move elsewhere.

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