“Very small changes in the starting position of a chaotic system make a big difference after a while. ” Chaos Theory Retrieved Wikipedia 5-31-2020
When I saw the video of George Floyd’s arrest and death on TV, the cruelty of it was unspeakable. At that moment, little did I know how badly events would turnout. Mr Floyd died and the whole world saw the horror. The Truth raced across the planet about racism in Minneapolis.
This act of violence was precipitated by a simple event in a corner store. The event was the beginning (the butterfly moving its wings in one part of the world and ends in a storm in another part of the world.) I kept thinking of the Butterfly Effect as events started to unfold in the city of Minneapolis.
The butterfly effect is an idea that is more commonly used in chaos theory. A small change can make much bigger changes happen; one small incident can have a big impact on the future. The idea started from weather prediction. Now the term is used for many things; some are scientific, and some are not. Retrieved; Wikipedia; 5-31-2020.
There are many people out looking around and taking photos on Sunday of the destruction at the Lake Street and Hiawatha area today. It is a beautiful day in contrast to what I am about to witness. Target store is boarded up and painted over.
The trauma the people of Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota will not be forgotten.
This whole block was destroyed. 231 buildings in Minneapolis were destroyed. In St Paul, our state capitol, 171 buildings were destroyed. Many of the buildings were small businesses owned by our neighbors. In total more than 700 buildings were damaged, looted or set on fire.
These photos show the block and the corner of 27th and lake where there once was an historic building, restaurants and a club.
Volunteer Clean up Crew at the Corner of the IOOF Historic Bldg. on Lake Street
Auto Zone store the first Building set on fire.
Lake St and & 27th Historical Building of Industry and Transportation located across of the IOOF Building.
MC Donald at 31st & Lake Street &Walgreens with photos of
US Bank building and Repair to the front of the bank.
The scars of the death of George Floyd are manifest everywhere in our cities. His family asks for peaceful protests. Unity above Ideology.
Divisive actors would have our nation torn apart by “race wars”, rioting, looting and Molotov cocktails. As we see here in Minneapolis Minnesota this is not the answer. Symbolic as some may see this destruction, it deeply affects all the people and all ages to have their cities torn apart. This particular attack at The Lake Street and Hiawatha Center has left a food desert. Our multi-cultural business were hard hit with this destruction as were our pharmacies, grocery stores, a medical clinic, a library, banks, and post office…
It was mind numbing to visit the center of the storm’s aftermath. These pictures record only buildings, but the Butterfly Effect of one small event brought the storm that I feel is best looked at straight on. We are at a juncture where our future is imperiled by what ignited the aftermath.
Racism has a long history in America, which is the hidden fault line in our social fabric. We need true leadership in this country and not chaotic rants from Washington DC. Our local and state leaders need to take a strong stand to repair this frayed system. Local groups that work tirelessly need support within our neighborhoods to prevent the tearing apart of the social healing that began with the election of President Obama.
Here in Minneapolis and across America we can make the needed changes. The Spirit of Minnesota is to help your neighbors, to lend a hand and move forward to establish a more equitable and just world for all people. The willingness to change opens many avenues for hope, understanding and commitment to healing the divide in our country.
As I record this, I can tell you that in Minnesota people are traumatized from the senseless death of George Floyd. My respect and condolences to the family at this time of mourning.
During this time of the Covid19 pandemic while the tens of millions have lost their jobs, I feel overwhelmed and a deep loss. Yet my motto remains: Never Give Up! Work for Change.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.
Hold each day as precious in you heart and hands. Keep hope alive.