By Andrea Ellen Reed
Minneapolis has become synonymous with the fight for social justice—mainly out of necessity. The Twin Cities area has seen many Black and Brown lives cut down by the hands of the police, and, as it continues to happen, more and more people take their grievances to the streets and demand that their voices be heard. Community-led memorials now live where businesses once stood, and archaic systems are starting to bend under the pressure of citizens (albeit at a nominal pace).
Within the span of a week and a half, another Black man, Daunte Wright, was killed by the police, the military presence in the Twin Cities amped up and attempted to thwart community-led peaceful assemblies, and George Floyd’s murderer was convicted on all charges after a year of community-led activism. The fight is far from over, but for one day the Black community here celebrated a slight reprieve from the oppressive systems that seek to hold it down.