The Butterfly Effect = Twin Cities Trauma – Some of the Aftermath of Violence

Chaos Theory

“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

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.

© CKatt 5-31-2020

IOOF Built in 1909 Minneapolis MN © CKatt 5-31-2020 Lake and 27th St.

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.

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These photos show the block and the corner of 27th and lake where there once was an historic building, restaurants and a club.

IMG_2160Ethiopian restaurant film crewMPLS MN ©CKatt 5-31-2020

IMG_2157MPLS MN ©CKatt 5-31-2020

Volunteer Clean up Crew at the Corner of the IOOF Historic Bldg. on Lake Street

Lake ST Minneapolis Epicenter of Riots CKatt 5-31-2020

Hiawatha Area Map for Lake St. Minneapolis 5-31-2020

Auto Zone store the first Building set on fire.


Aldi Grocery Store and Oldest Wendy’s Mall located across from Target


IMG_2161 SIgn PostMPLS MN ©CKatt 5-31-2020

2721 East Lake Street Sign Industry and Transportation Museum of the Streets

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.

IMG_2131 Clean up MPLS MN ©CKatt 5-31-2020

Clean up at Lake Street and Hiawatha Continues.

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.



About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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14 Responses to The Butterfly Effect = Twin Cities Trauma – Some of the Aftermath of Violence

  1. mydangblog says:

    Watching the news from up here, it’s just shocking, although for a lot of people of colour, it probably isn’t. It makes my heart hurt.

  2. Dave G says:

    It is so overwhelming and sad. I wish I could report that things are better here in Seattle, but it’s not better here. Lots of innocent people peacefully protesting were tear-gassed. and anarchists came in a wreaked havoc on not only big businesses but also smaller businesses that were already affected by the pandemic. Thank you for posting this and for having the hope that things could change for the better. Your hope gives me hope that this is just a dark chapter that we will get through.

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Dave, thanks for sharing about Seattle. Our hope is important to bring unity to our communities. Minnesota is reeling. The rest of the country is now reeling. A message of hope and work for change in our culture is what makes me keep the faith in the US. There are many people who care.

  3. Jan Swanson says:

    Great post.

    On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 11:25 AM Kunstkitchen’s Blog wrote:

    > kunstkitchen posted: “Chaos Theory “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 unspeaka” >

  4. Unfortunately, this isn’t over yet. I see this as being a long, hot, sick summer. I worry about the general election. If Trump loses, will he incite his wannabe soldiers? How will Black people react? That said, I’m glad you documented your city. I am so sorry that you had to do that. Luckily, we’ve had two peaceful protests. I think that because we’ve had to come back from Katrina and the BP oil spill, that we have come together as people. And, as I always say, any good picture that I make because of our culture, comes from Black people. I owe them.

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Thanks for commenting, Ray. I wasn’t sure, but because it’s my community and to face the reality of my feelings I went out to see for myself. The Twin cities will come back. COVID-19 was a huge setback to small business. Then this tragedy happened. Glad to know things in your town are better than here. I can only keep hope and work for change in some small way. One hopes for global change. A more enlightened leadership would be a huge help.

      • As Neil Young once said, “You can’t eat hope.” If you are willing to work than things will change. Of course, cities will come back. In a different way and that’s good. Our mayor is discussing turning the French Quarter into a walking district. As far as the virus goes, I believe it’s going to be around for many years. It’s up to us to manage it and ourselves.

      • kunstkitchen says:

        I agree! But willingness is a culture shift that can move society forward. Thanks, Ray. Yes, the virus is with us.

      • kunstkitchen says:

        I am stuck with this new wordpress and it seems really inefficient and remedial to me. I have been doing this blog for 10 years. Not sure whatI will do going forward.

      • You and me. A decade for me as well.

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