What’s leading to the riots? According to Seattle protesters, they’re because ‘capitalism is not working’

SEATTLE, WA – One of the protesters that was admittedly involved in the unrest that hosted criminal action on Inauguration Day in Seattle recently spoke with a local ABC News affiliate regarding the motivations and tactics employed by the black bloc adorning protesters.

Among the justifications for methods employed that often turn protests into unlawful assemblies or riots, this self-identifying avid protester proclaimed that among many of the motivations for these riotous demonstrations is that there’s a belief that capitalism is a failing endeavor.

The black bloc clad protester, who identified herself as Sheena, referred to the Antifa stylized antics present during these sorts of demonstrations as being the employment of “direct action”:

“Direction action is beyond the picket signs in the streets. It’s taking that a step further. It’s willing to be confrontational, if needed.”

Sheena alleged that she’s been involved in these “direct action” sort of protests for several months, admittedly always being completely decked out in black clothing and wearing various amounts of protective gear in the anticipation of confronting either police or counter protesters.

When delving in on the motivation for the type of attire Sheena and others where during these protests that often turn violent, she explained that the adorning of black bloc is for more tactical approaches of anonymity as opposed to a means to possibly intimidate people:

“The reason people dress in black bloc is not to be scary. If we are all similar, then we are safer together. And people have legitimately had death threats made against them and threats against their family.”

Outside of the familiar motivations for these sort of protests – which are typically things like wanting to defund the police, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, or pushing for immigration reform – Sheena proclaims that also an anti-capitalist element influences these sorts of demonstrations:

“Capitalism is not working.”

While many critics have seen the optics and actions taken at these riotous demonstrations that have plagued Seattle as being violent in nature, Sheena is among those that defends the actions taken and coins herself (and those who protest alongside her) as disruptors instead of rioters:

“Sometimes you have to be willing to be uncomfortable and make others uncomfortable because that’s where growth happens. I don’t think you can be violent against a window.”

While the notion of property damage not being an act of violence has been a talking point for nearly the past year in justifying criminal damage during protests and riots, the current definition of the word “violent” notes that it can be a destructive physical force used against property or people.

Sheena then went on to liken the negative media depiction of black bloc protesters as being synonymous with the frustrations that Republicans and Democrats endure when getting painted “with the same brush”:

“It doesn’t matter what we do, we are going to be shown in a bad light. You can’t paint all Republicans and Democrats with the same brush, so you can’t paint all activists with the same brush.”

Furthermore, Sheena is among those who rejects the notion that people such as herself are engaging in a form of domestic terrorism:

“If you say everybody who does something that is perceived to be bad or makes me uncomfortable is a terrorist, I think people need to really need to take stock of why they think that.”

When it comes to protesting or even engaging in criminal behavior during these efforts, Sheena proclaims that she’s prepared to put her “life on the line for black and brown bodies.”

Online sleuths have apparently identified the woman from the interview as Sheena McFerren, a 34-year-old woman who has been arrested numerous times in both Portland and Seattle throughout 2020. 

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Speaking of Antifa-inspired riots and protests in places like Seattle, Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa recently challenged President Joe Biden to condemn the riots in the wake of his inauguration. 

Here’s that previous report.


IOWA – On January 20th, 2021, the cities of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington saw acts of criminal damage and general violence break out in the wake of the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican representing Iowa, is now pushing for President Biden to comment on and effectively condemn the recent outbreak of violent protests that transpired in said cities.

We at Law Enforcement Today had recently reported on some of the acts that occurred in both Portland and Seattle during Inauguration Day, noting the copious of amounts of criminal damage and general acts of violent behavior within these two rather unruly demonstrations.

Senator Grassley, who happens to be the ranking Republican among the Senate Judiciary Committee, brought his criticism of President Biden to Twitter on January 21st; rhetorically posing when President Biden might take the time to condemn some of the criminal actions that happened in Portland and Seattle:

“I’m waiting for Pres Biden to condemn violence/looting/arson last two days in Oregon & Washington state.”

While it seems that President Biden has yet to necessarily condemn what transpired in Portland and Seattle on January 20th, he has in the past – albeit infrequently – condemned what he has previously coined as, “violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right.”

However, the noticeable difference in the manner in which President Biden has previously approached condemnations of riotous acts, is that he’s never called out BLM or antifa by name; whereas he has called out the Proud Boys by name when issuing condemnations of unsavory acts, riots, and violence.

Needless to say, the events that unfolded in both Portland and Seattle following the inauguration of President Joe Biden bore similarities, with regard to the actions and general optics, from what many in the country have become used to seeing due to the riots over the summer of 2020 in these two specific cities.


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