“An American Apocalypse”: How the 2020 Election Season is leading some Downtown stores to consider their surroundings

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Businesses in Downtown Raleigh and Downtown Cary are aware of potential threats of rioting as the 2020 Election Season progresses

Samir Tusneem and Kavya Kolindala

Local businesses and industries in downtown Cary and Raleigh are prone to vandalism that may be brought by protests in response to an unwanted result of the election. As many people fear that their rights and privileges are on the line, they will go far in terms of action to change the results to fit their standards. 

It is more than likely that there will be backlash regardless of the result of the election. Unfortunately, some of these retaliations are more threatening and severe than others. In Apex, North Carolina, flyers depicting a holocaust were found that threaten harmful consequences if Biden wins the election. With this in hand, many people are beginning to question their safety during this election and are taking precautions to avoid the possible outbreaks that may result from it.

In downtown Cary and Raleigh, businesses are setting up precautions to ensure the safety of their faculties and customers. “We will take any means necessary to ensure the safety of our employees and clients, and do what we can to help our community through these tough times,” stated Surekha Singareni, the Junction Salon and Bar Co-Manager. As far as the riots stemming from the election may go, many businesses are taking careful consideration of the possible damage these protests can cause, and taking any means necessary to protect and preserve a safe environment. Some businesses are boarding up their windows to prevent projectiles from causing damage to their buildings, while others are proceeding to monitor for any activity that can be posed as a threat.

On the other side of the spectrum, some businesses are confident that they will not have to take any precautionary measures to protect their stores. Some institutions in the downtown Cary and downtown Raleigh areas were optimistic that they could rely on the community to avoid resorting to threatening methods of protest, also believing that the election results would not harm their businesses in any way. 

“We thank our community for supporting us and have confidence that the election results does not affect our business in any way.” said Samreen Yousuf, the co-owner of Kababish Cafe. Community beliefs and strengths have proved to be a powerful driving force during multiple points of conflicts throughout history. 

Kababish Cafe – Known for their authentic take on Pakistani and Indian cuisine, Kababish is situated just on the outskirts of downtown Cary, a prime spot for potential rioting. The owners of the cafe issued this statement: ““We thank our community for supporting us and have confidence that the election results do not affect our business in any way.”

Videri Chocolate Factory – Located in Downtown Raleigh, Videri Chocolate Factory, an artisan chocolatier,  is also in a prime hotspot for potential protest. The owners of the Factory provided this statement: “I do not fear unrest. I believe our community will rise above and be kind.” 

The Junction Salon and Bar – Junction Salon and Bar, also located in Downtown Raleigh, had slightly different views, emphasizing the value of maintaining a safe and comfortable environment : “We will take any means necessary to ensure the safety of our employees and clients, and do what we can to help our community through these tough times.” 

Businesses and industries are responding in different ways. While some are being cautious and doing their best to ensure a protected and safe environment, others are hopeful that the community will not react to the election results in a negative way that could harm and imperil the safety of others.