Photo of the Day: Chaos Condolence Notes

In the aftermath of England's riots, British civility raises its noble head.
Hundreds of messages of support from the community of Peckham are seen posted on a looted storefront in southeast London. (Photo: Chris Helgren/Reuters)
Aug 10, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

People have argued that Britain’s riots are a nascent political insurrection, and not purely opportunistic criminality, but there’s no debate that small-business owners who’ve had their storefronts trashed and their inventories carted away by indiscriminate looters are victims of a gross injustice.

Aaron Biber is an 89-year-old barber who has been cutting hair in the Tottenham area of London for 41 years. He arrived at his shop Sunday morning to find it fully ransacked—windows smashed, hairdryers stolen; even the teakettle was missing.

From BBH Labs:

Aaron has no insurance and no way of rebuilding his shop. His livelihood is devastated.

“I will probably have to close because I haven’t got insurance and I can’t afford the repairs.” —Aaron

If we could restore Aaron’s faith in youth and technology, that might not solve the problem, but would be the perfect way to start.

Want to help restore an elderly gent’s faith in humanity, or just watch while that’s done? Look here.

Want to watch social media mobilize London at-large to restore civility to society? Look to #riotcleanup, but be warned. You just might find yourself being mobilized as well.

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