(Investors Business Daily) – A black woman who sold cake at flea markets to save enough money to open her own shop saw it vandalized and looted by those who claim white cops are the major problem facing black America.
Natalie Dubose’s Ferguson, Mo., business, Cakes & More, barely survived the arson, rioting and looting that followed a grand jury’s not indicting officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. Her tears then turned to sweat as she struggled to fill Thanksgiving cake orders just as she labored to build her business from the ground up.
President Obama once famously told people such as Dubose that she “didn’t build that,” and that she was the mere beneficiary of a benevolent government and its social engineering.
Well, she did build that, and no one from the government helped her bake her cakes or rebuild her business after rioters smashed one of two large windows and damaged her baking equipment.
“If I can’t open my doors in the morning, I can’t feed my kids in the evening,” Dubois told CNN over the weekend and before the Monday verdict and the subsequent rioting.
“Just don’t burn my shop down, don’t destroy it,” she pleaded before looters decided to “protest” the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson, who confronted Brown after a strong-armed robbery of Ferguson Market & Liquors.
Ferguson Market & Liquors was again a target Monday night as looters, whom some have dubbed undocumented shoppers in a bit of gallows humor, ran in and out, knocking over a Fox News camera in the process as they clutched pilfered bottles of vodka and bourbon, trophies of their fight against social injustice and the perceived bigotry of their oppressors.
Dubose opened her shop in June, shortly before Brown was shot in August. The riots after the shooting almost shut down her fledgling business. For two weeks after the shooting, reports the Washington Post, not a single customer entered her shop.
This time, as she returned to board up her shop and see what she could do, white racist America came to her aid with two GoFundMe campaigns raising more than $90,000 to help Dubose repair her shop.
Celebrities Patricia Heaton and Brandi Glanville urged their Twitter followers to help and they did. It’s not known whether Al Sharpton contributed, or even knows who Natalie Dubose is.
“I am a single mom, a mother of two,” Dubose told CNN Money. “This is everything I own; I can’t walk away from it. I just got to start up and start baking again.”