- The Washington Times - Friday, November 25, 2016

Shoppers along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile found their task exponentially difficult for a second year in a row thanks to race protesters.

Black Friday in Chicago featured numerous activist groups marching along the city’s historic Old Water Tower. Black Lives Matter, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and other groups waved flags, chanted, and called for citizens to boycott Christmas shopping as stores opened. They criticized Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police shootings, and President-elect Donald Trump.

“Shut it down!” one group yelled outside a Ralph Lauren store, The Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

The protesters’ actions — they often linked arms to prevent people from entering stores — appeared to annoy the very people they sought to influence.

“I wish they weren’t protesting on Black Friday, you know?” one shopper told a reporter with WGN-9.

“There was a gentleman who wouldn’t let us in a store, which I didn’t think was right,” another woman said while defending his right to protest.

Many of the protesters said they were angry that Mr. Emanuel has failed to implement an elected police oversight council, a local ABC affiliate reported.

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