Korboi Balla, a black firefighter from Minneapolis, was weeping on CBS after his business was looted and destroyed by rioters.
Balla worked his entire life as a firefighter to serve the people of Minneapolis.
He used his entire life savings to purchase a sports bar so he could run the business to support himself and his family.
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But rioters upset over the death of George Flynn totally destroyed the bar. It's been left in complete ruin.
Balla was weeping on camera and cried, "I don't know what we're going to do."
The bar was NOT insured, so every cost will come out of pocket.
See the heartbreaking segment for yourself below:
While many politicians and pundits in the media are pretending that the riots are "justified," they are actually causing more harm and damage to the black community!
Small businesses such as Balla's have been completely destroyed.
Many of these businesses have been closed for months due to COVID-19.
But because of selfish and violent rioters, entire livelihoods have been destroyed for no reason.
The National Review has more details on this DEVASTATING story!
Rioters protesting the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, an African-American man who died after being arrested and pinned to the ground by officer Derek Chauvin, destroyed a bar owned by a black former firefighter Wednesday night.
Korboi Balla had invested his life savings in the bar and was planning to open it before the coronavirus pandemic caused mass business closures. Balla then moved the opening date to June 1, when Minnesota plans to lift restrictions on restaurants, but the bar has since been wracked and looted in the riots, CBS first reported.
CBS was filming a segment at the bar when looters entered through the back of the establishment to try to steal Balla’s safe.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Balla said in an interview. “It hurts, man. It’s not fair, it’s not right. We’ve been working so hard for this place. It’s not just for me, it’s for my family.”
Balla’s wife Tywanna said that the bar was not insured.
“Yes people are mad and upset, I get that and I understand the protest, I’m hearing people say F*** the business they have insurance WELL WE DON’T AND THIS IS ALL OUT OF POCKET!!!” Tywanna wrote in a Facebook post. “Let someone come run in your home and loot for the cause then and let’s see you be ok with it!”
Fortunately, many people outside of Minneapolis who saw the segment were so distraught for Balla that they've begun donating to a GoFundMe.
The GoFundMe was set up to raise $100,000, but over $279,000 has been raised as of this writing.
But it's not just Balla.
Over 170 small businesses have been looted or COMPLETELY DESTROYED, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:
What appeared to start as impromptu demonstrations for George Floyd, the man who died in Minneapolis police custody, turned into a day of scattered arson, looting and significant destruction of retail shops in St. Paul’s Midway and elsewhere in the capital city on Thursday.
The unrest continued into the evening — more than 170 businesses were damaged or looted, and dozens of fires were set, according to police. There were no reports of serious injuries in St. Paul.
Just after 1 a.m. Friday, a fire broke out at Lloyd’s Pharmacy, which dates back to 1918, at Snelling and Minnehaha avenues. A large crowd gathered, many visibly upset the neighborhood business was targeted. By 1:30 a.m., the two-story building was fully engulfed, with several fire crews fighting to contain the flames.
Gov. Tim Walz announced he was calling up the National Guard Thursday afternoon after receiving requests from St. Paul and Minneapolis.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Police Chief Todd Axtell said groups of young people were traveling around the city in groups of up to 20 vehicles — many without license plates in an attempt to go undetected — and breaking into ubusinesses and looting.
Violence, theft, and destruction will not bring back George Floyd.
It does not honor his memory.
If anything, these actions only worsen the divide and perpetuate stereotypes that many are fighting to eradicate.