Minneapolis is my home. My happiest memories are here. It’s where I learned to ride a bike, had my first date, received my high school diploma.
But today, I’m too afraid to even walk in my neighborhood by myself.
The ACE Hardware down the street? The one that I used to bike to in the summer? Robbed twice in the past five days.
The Walgreens next to my elementary school? Molotov cocktail thrown into it.
The Lake Harriet Bandshell, where we spent countless Mother’s Days? Homeless encampment popped up next door.
These are the things you don’t read about in the news.
Ten minutes from my house, at 38th and Chicago, there is still an autonomous zone. Police are not allowed to enter. Residents have died because medical authorities couldn’t get through, and carjackers (of which there are MANY) will speed into the zone to escape officer pursuit.
Good luck explaining to this person that their tolerance for bullshit happening every day in their own city created the current environment. What you actually see is someone who just wishes that the police could go back to killing anonymous citizens in order to terrorize the population and control activity.
The Minneapolis that I lived in decades ago was full of these people. It's still full of them. They'll be with us forever. They want the cops to kill people of color and maintain segregated areas where white people can do whatever they want while poor people of color are forced to live with someone's knee on their neck. This didn't just happen one day almost a year ago. It was the preferred method of population control in a city where the police union all but guaranteed employment for an untold number of killers wearing badges.
And now, Minneapolis is in turmoil. Come see the turmoil in cities across the country. A simple device--the hand-held telephone camera--is telling the story of the real America and it is creating uncomfortable discussions about what one group of people has had to live with for their entire existence in this country. And the white people who can't confront this or deal with it are shitting their collective pants because the idea that everyone being treated equally pisses them off.
If this woman loved her city, she'd fight for it and realize that her neighbors who are people of color have been treated like third-class citizens. She would be agitating for them to be treated like everyone else. And she damned sure wouldn't be cherry-picking incidents to make the case that it is people of color who are destroying everything.
I mean, come on, Karen.
Meet Ivan Harrison Hunter. He traveled from Boerne, Texas all the way to Minneapolis, Minnesota and burned down a police station. He does not look black to me, by the way, and his single act did more damage to the community than someone who doesn't look like him.
A rightwing extremist boasted of driving from Texas to Minneapolis to help set fire to a police precinct during the George Floyd protests, federal prosecutors said.
US attorney Erica MacDonald said on Friday that she had charged Ivan Harrison Hunter, a 26-year-old Texas resident, with traveling across state lines to participate in a riot. The charges are the latest example of far-right extremists attempting to use violence to escalate national protests against police brutality into an uprising against the government, and even full civil war.
The case also reveals the extent of the coordination between violent members of the nascent far-right “Boogaloo Bois” movement operating in different cities across the country.
According to the criminal complaint against Hunter, on 26 May, as intense protests broke out in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd by a city police officer, a “Boogaloo Boi” based in Minnesota posted a public Facebook message: “I need a headcount.”
Hunter, a resident of Boerne, Texas, which is roughly 1,200 miles away, responded: “72 hours out.”
He's the one who decided that he had the right to burn down the whole thing to start with. And it is truly an example of racism in America that he isn't more famous and that there isn't a treasure trove of expertly lit photos of this motherfucker that can be shared. He is relatively anonymous and tolerated by far too many people when he is, in fact, charged with doing tremendous harm to the citizens of Minneapolis.
So don't give me this crap about how it's all because of someone else. They didn't ruin Minneapolis. This woman did by tolerating years and years of oppression and violence against basic decency.