Boston University posted a video to social media recently that called property "racist" and attempted to justify the riots that caused billions of dollars in damage following George Floyd's 2020 death.
"If we're going to talk about George Floyd and really understand, then we need to understand community reactions," Saida Grundy, an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies, said in the Wednesday video posted to the Boston University Twitter account.
“I think it's very important for people who see reactions in communities not to judge or make assumptions about what is good and not good reactions. And not actually re-victimize communities by saying there's an acceptable and not acceptable way to react.”— @BU_CAS's Saida Grundy pic.twitter.com/FK85qVF3Xf— Boston University (@BU_Tweets) May 25, 2022
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Grundy, who is described by her Boston University profile as a "feminist sociologist," attacked politicians, including President Joe Biden, who asked people to avoid destroying property during the George Floyd riots.
"We often hear politicians, we hear civic leaders, from inside black communities and from outside of them as well. We hear President Biden say, you know, 'I understand your frustrations, but don't destroy property,'" she said.
"Well, when you say that to black people who historically have been property, one of our greatest weapons against injustice was the looting of ourselves, as property, from the system of slavery," she added. "And what we see in communities is they're reacting to the very racism of what we call property."
Throughout the summer of 2020, riots across the United States are believed to have caused damages likely in excess of $2 billion, according to a report.
However, judging what is good or bad regarding the the "community reactions" is dangerous and can "re-victimize" the black community, Grundy said.
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"I think it's very important for, you know, people who see reactions in communities to not judge and to not make assumptions about what is good and not good reactions and not actually re-victimize communities by saying there's an acceptable and a not acceptable way to react," she argued.
"Listen to them, and then we can say what these communities need," she said.