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Reopening George Floyd Square

The George Floyd Murals of Minneapolis: A Demand for Justice, Hope and a  Better Humanity – Thirdeyemom

 

Helicopters overhead. They're reopening George Floyd Square.

A year ago, George Floyd died beneath the knee of then-policeman Derek Chauvin on the corner of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street here in Minneapolis. Since then the intersection has been closed, blocked off with concrete barriers.

It's given us a place to remember, and to grieve.

But it's also, frankly, been a knee on the neck of an entire neighborhood.

In addition to the sheer inconvenience of blocking a major traffic artery, the Square has become the site of numerous shootings and stabbings. (Would George Floyd have wanted that?) Activists—many of whom do not live in the neighborhood—have called the closure of the intersection an “act of disruptive activism.”

But what is being disrupted here? Systemic racism? Out-of-control law enforcement? The “Man”?

No. The life of an ethnically-mixed, working class neighborhood has been the victim.

A year ago, an act of terrible injustice happened here. Disrupting the life of an already-traumatized neighborhood has only compounded that injustice.

Now they're reopening the Square. Sounds like the city is being smart about it. No police: just city workers. “This is a city, not a police operation,” said a spokesman for the MPD.

Finally, thank Goddess, they're reopening George Floyd Square.

Let there be a memorial.

Let us never forget.

Now let us go forward together.

 

 

 

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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Thursday, 03 June 2021

    I've been reading "The King in Orange" by John Michael Greer, your mention of "Activists—many of whom do not live in the neighborhood—have called the closure of the intersection an “act of disruptive activism"", sounds like what Mr. Greer calls the salary class virtue signaling among themselves their superiority over the wage earning class.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Friday, 04 June 2021

    A mobility-impaired friend who lives nearby can't get to the bus because of the "activism." Two blocks to Chicago Avenue, she could manage; four to Park Avenue, where the buses currently run, she can't. There's some activism for you.

    Let me be clear: these are not bad people. In much, I agree with them. But somehow, in the blazing self-righteousness of their cause, they've blinded themselves to the ways in which their actions are re-traumatizing a neighborhood already profoundly traumatized by the monstrosity of Floyd's death and its aftermath.

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