Updating this morning’s post, police have released surveillance videos of two suspects, identified as white males (one named “Drew”).
Furthermore, the WRAL story gives more indication why Raleigh Raw owner Sherif Fouad thought social media criticism might’ve inspired the robbery: “a sign with the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ was left at the scene.”
WRAL also gives the full quote by Fouad that was supposedly so awful. I guess you have to be a, like, Level 30 social justice warrior or something to squeeze any offense out of this pleasant banality:
Don’t protest against what you hate, you’re only giving that cause more energy. Instead promote what you love. Today we saw that idea in action.
According to WRAL,
Raleigh Raw owner Sherif Fouad said via Facebook that he believes his business was targeted in response to a post he made last week on the Raleigh Raw Instagram page about a group of five people from Chiltern Clinical research, who went into the shop to buy everyone a drink.
“Don’t protest against what you hate, you’re only giving that cause more energy. Instead promote what you love. Today we saw that idea in action,” Fouad wrote.
The post drew criticism from some who took Fouad’s post as an attack on recent protests in Charlotte over the officer-involved shooting death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.
The social media firestorm led Fouad to delete his original post.
“It was insensitive of me at the time,” Fouad said, adding that he didn’t realize that the post would be interpreted as an attack on the “Black Lives Matter” movement or recent protests.
That final quotation is ridiculous. Fouad should not have to be cowed like Orwell’s Parsons just because he couldn’t conceive all the ways some hair-trigger activists might twist and pervert his gentle expression of geniality.