Nikole Hannah-Jones Has Beef With Al Sharpton Who Said Shoplifting Steaks Is Wrong


Left-wing New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones scolded MSNBC’s Al Sharpton Wednesday after he shared the network’s discussion of New York’s struggles to stop petty theft.

The creator of the controversial 1619 Project took to Twitter to criticize MSNBC spending air time discussing the shoplifter who was captured on video stealing steaks from a New York City Trader Joe’s.

“This drumbeat for continued mass incarceration is really horrific to watch. A person stealing steak is not national news, and there have always been thefts from stores. This is how you legitimize the carceral state,” Hannah-Jones wrote in response to a tweet from Sharpton, which included a video clip of the Wednesday “Morning Joe” segment.

“An alleged shoplifter has been caught on tape appearing to steal 10 steaks from NYC Trader Joe’s. I joined MSNBC to speak on the need for public safety and to address criminal justice concerns,” Sharpton wrote.

During his discussion with MSNBC’s Willie Geist, Sharpton expressed bewilderment at going to a local New York pharmacy and needing assistance to get toothpaste that’s been locked up.

“What did I miss that we now have to lock up toothpaste?” Sharpton asked. 

The brazen theft became tabloid fodder and national news. Frustrated workers told the New York Post they were prevented from stopping him. 

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, noting New York City Mayor Eric Adams, D., was elected in part on a law-and-order message, appeared “surrounded by elected officials who want New York to remain chaotic.” Sharpton said he shared concerns of overloading jails with petty criminals, but he added there couldn’t be a “culture where people are just at random robbing and stealing.”

Hannah-Jones’ response to Sharpton appeared out-of-touch with what Americans living in cities have been increasingly experiencing as crime rates have continued to rise and theft has become a progressively worse issue, especially for business owners. The crime wave has the added effect of generating hiked prices for law-abiding citizens to make up for the stolen goods.

Last November, California was forced to form a task force to combat retail theft following an alarming number of smash and grab robberies at stores across multiple cities. 

Two Atlanta boutique operators lost more than $100,000 in merchandise during similar large-scale retail thefts in Georgia.

The National Retail Foundation (NRF) said last year that “organized retail crime [ORC] now costs retailers an average of $700,000 per $1 billion in sales, and three-fourths of retailers saw an increase in ORC in 2020, according to NRF’s 2020 Organized Retail Crime Survey,” giving perspective on just how much businesses were losing to shoplifters. 

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  1. Juan Mortime says

    Black CRIME Matters

  2. A Brown says

    Seldom could I find any issue to support Al Sharpton in because I think the guy is so, so disgusting .
    However when it comes to Hannah-Jones, Sharpton is way above her in reality. A crime is a crime is a crime. Granted there are different classifications of crimes, but any act committed in defiance of a law is a crime. In no way does the public have the right to decide not to pursue a criminal simply because of the value of the theft. Stealing steaks is like stealing a car. The value may be different and the degree of criminality may be different but it is still a crime.
    Hard to believe Hannah-Jones even went to school!

  3. B.Black says

    You can ALWAYS believe in what a hyphenated social-justice crusader (with maybe an associate’s degree in “The Sociology of Oppression”) has to say. Let’s see how opposed to “the carceral state” (!!!) she is when some thug tries to get the tires off her BMW! =

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