A piano falls victim to Philadelphia riot

This was the scene last night outside a Steinway dealer in Philadelphia.

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  • Obviously, it was the colour of the piano that provoked the protesters.

    It’s the first time that musical instruments are treated racially.

      • Batonbaton, don’t worry! No one knows who you are so there’s no need to virtue signal here…you can relax and have a laugh.

        You know – people can simultaneously loathe racism AND loathe wanton property destruction

        • That’s what I entirely agree with. There seems to be no real connection between protesting against racism and plundering and vandalising shops.

          • A peaceful protest would barely make the news, and would definitely achieve nothing. What are oppressed people to do? Just have a nice peaceful protest, go home before curfew, and next day get gunned down or choked by police I suppose. “At least they didn’t break any pianos” we will all say.

          • Can I just say, this is a brilliant comment. A big reason why many anti-racist/anti-discrimination laws were passed in the 20th century was due to protests and riots. For example, the Stonewall riots in 1969. These riots marked the first EVER gay pride. I thank God they smashed a few windows, otherwise I wouldn’t have the rights I have today as a young gay woman. Maybe in 50 years, we will look back at these events and be thankful that these brave protestors were willing to smash a few pianos and break a few windows in order to make their voices heard. <3

          • Oh really? There’s no connection between rioting and protesting racism, so why do you bring it up? What kind of distraction does it serve as? That’s like saying there’s no connection between demolishing a country in a questionable war and when it’s destabilized for further exploitation, negating that that might have something to do with the rise of extremism; not that the extremism is a protest, it’s cause and effect, and that is connection. Then ridiculing the extremism rather than giving people a place to go instead, nor pointing out how that might have existed (someplace to go instead).

            That’s a real easy way of avoiding the real issue or tending to it.

            Don’t do that, do this, and then you don’t have to see what you’re doing anymore, you’re so sure of it, it’s so “safe”. The way you tick off at any form of art that doesn’t particularly ameliorate your own methods or ideology, it makes me wonder what we would see from you would you have gone through the life or walked in the moccasins of whoever was the cause of this piano that wasn’t alive enough to end up any more dead than it was beforehand, in contrast to what sparked the riots. None of us knows that thinking we’re “superior.” In fact none of us know what we would do in either position of having lived a life disabled by racism, or being expected to police people’s behavior with the accepted methods of wielding fear and trauma as deterrent.

            And then there are people that don’t respond in such a way, but I don’t think their expression is based on some method excusing whatever they do by moralism or some mechanized fabrication of logic that’s mental enough to fool one into believing it holds, nor do they create peace with what they’re left with and can’t escape, by ridiculing and entertaining themselves to call it humor.

      • Some people simply lack social conscience. They, of course, they counter about our lack of a sense of humour. Empathy cannot be taught.

        • Or they have a social conscience that involves personal improvement, responsibility, respect for property and law and order. Foreign to the Left, I know. So comprehensively brainwashed have they become that they now provide a threat to all of us.

          Let me let you into a little secret; you got Trump and all his dreadful behaviour precisely because the people know HE’LL say what you prevent others from saying.

    • Thank you Mr. Fitzpatrick for posting this link. It is extraordinarily moving…….if we’re not moved we’re part of the problem. So what do we all do?

    • Perhaps the message could come across from one of the successful African Americans, like Oprah or a bevvy of Hollywood actors. Better still, some really savvy back guy in an Armani suit working out of Washington. Or Madison Avenue.

    • Has any sort of societal or governmental change been enacted by musical performances in the past, such as these by Anthony McGill and Noah Bendix-Bagley? Yes, artists use their platforms in the way that they can, but when has that gotten the government, Americans, the rest of the world to sit up and pay attention? How long ago did peaceful protest enact change? Is property even as valuable as a Steinway grand more valuable than a person’s right to life or their safety, especially in a country like the USA, where millions can’t feel safe sleeping in their own beds, walking around their neighborhoods, or being in the same vicinity as law enforcement that is supposed to keep us safe? We sit at home through a pandemic, keeping up to date on what Yuja’s wearing, which conductor is adding a third orchestra, and who will be streamed next. Meanwhile, a whole population of Americans live in constant fear of a police state, a leader unleashing the military domestically, and death by a nonchalant knee. In this violence, I don’t think anyone who has stayed at home or any bystanders have been hurt, while peaceful protestors and press members have been arrested, shot, silenced. The outbursts are regrettable, but have been inevitable. With the destruction of insured property, at the very least now the world is paying attention.


  • This is what happens when you lockdown tour society for two months, lay off 25 percent of the work force and close all schools. The paradox of lockdowns and public protest/rioting is what we are now watching.

    • The irony is that such mass demonstrations are perfect places for the virus to spread, requiring more lockdowns.

      • However, the authorities seem not to care much!!! The peaceful Rabbi’s funeral in Brooklyn was harshly disturbed by police, but Antifa + BLM can do whatever they want. It’s called American Justice!

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, our local newspaper, is still calling the looters protesters and trying to understand their motivations. In Philadelphia the inmates have been running the asylum for many years; here is the result.

    • “I’m very angry because someone who happened to be black, was senselessly killed by police. Therefore I’m smashing the windows of this shop and take whatever I can, to express my grief and indignation about such phenomenal injustice.”

      Is it me, or is there indeed something wrong with these kind of reactions?

      • Black people in America have been demonstrably, wantonly killed by white police for decades, and no one has done anything about it. If the cops can routinely take part in such serious crime without much being said or done about it, it’s odd that certain members of the public would only get so angry about the other people deciding to break the law too. At any rate, murder isn’t equivalent to looting.

  • That’s how looting by the poor looks like. Smashed windows etc.
    The much more common and dangerous looting by the rich looks different and is often almost invisible on the surface.

  • Knowing who the owner is of that piano store (Jacob’s Music), all I can say is, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  • It looks like that heavy and cumbersome piano was somehow lugged out of the store, dumped, then defiled with graffiti. That’s a lot of hate.

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