Black business owners are demanding an end to liberal crime policies after being attacked by robbers and vandals

Black business owners are speaking out against crime and holding politicians accountable as violence continues to rise in many liberal-run communities ahead of midterm elections.

Austin Gary, co-owner of RCR Consignment Boutique in Atlanta, told Fox & Friends First Thursday that he had to “look over his shoulder” because of crime problems.

“Let’s get away from politics. Let’s just vote for change,” Gary said. “Let’s turn racism off and look at all of life’s issues in our communities and it will make a world of difference for us to have a successful business.”

Gary, who has been the victim of robberies and vandalism, reiterated the need for voters to cast their ballots for elected officials who will “change” the current trend of rising violence.

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Black Coffee Northwest owners in the Seattle area, Darnesha and Erwin Weary, were also vandalized and shared Gary’s opinion on the need for voting.

They urged voters to go to the polls to “hold officials accountable” for their policies.

“All elected officials must be held accountable for what is happening in our country,” Darnesha said. “We know that there must be changes. Change needs to happen and that’s why we believe all elected officials need to be held accountable and that’s why people need to show up and vote.”

Many polls show that crime is a top priority for many voters across the country as violence continues to rise in certain areas, particularly blue cities.

And while Erwin hopes change is possible, he doesn’t think current trends will reverse overnight.

“I don’t think it’s going to be immediate,” he said, adding he wanted “to see what happens,” not what the politicians say it’s going to happen.

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“I want to make sure we actually have the right people in office who are actually doing justice and are really looking out for us, especially as black people in really white spaces,” he continued. “We really need protection.”

Stacey Johnson-Cosby, founding member of the National Housing Provider Coalition (NHPC) in Memphis, said homelessness also needs to be addressed to reduce crime in urban areas.

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“I think it’s an all-race affair,” Johnson-Cosby told co-host Todd Piro. “Race is irrelevant in this particular case. Crime is a problem, but I think the reason they’re distracting is because they don’t have an answer. We don’t see policies that effectively tackle crime. In fact, it’s increasing.

“Something else I see with the elected officials that we have now is that there is no answer on housing,” she continued. “And housing is … extremely important because people need to feel safe and secure. They need to know that there is a home base and with the housing crisis or the crime crisis they go hand in hand and our leaders are not able to deal with them effectively.”

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