I will start out by making a distinction.
At this point, George Floyd does not appear to be another Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown. Trayvon was on top of George Zimmerman pummeling him into the sidewalk when he was shot and killed. Michael Brown was wrestling with Darren Wilson for his gun inside his police car.
As people in #Minneapolis riot, video emerges appearing to show #GeorgeFloyd before being killed at the hands of police— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 28, 2020
“Our young generation is clearly lost.”
“C’mon home, man. One day it’s gonna be you & God. You’re going up or you’re going down…”
George Floyd reminds me of Walter Scott who was shot in the back by police officer in North Charleston, SC. This incident also reminds me of Daniel Shaver who was shot and killed by a police officer who ordered him to crawl on the floor outside of his hotel room in Mesa, AZ.
These incidents do happen.
In Minneapolis, a Somali-American police officer literally shot and killed Karen a few years ago. She was reporting an assault on a woman in an alley behind her house.
As with Walter Scott, Daniel Shaver and Justine Damond, I don’t see many people rallying behind the cops in this case. Most people look at this and will conclude that what happened to George Floyd was unjust. In those cases though, no one rioted even though the cop who killed Daniel Shaver was found not guilty. While there were protests over the death of Justine Damond, they remained peaceful.
Both of these cases were tragic.
It seems highly unlikely that the cop who killed George Floyd is going to get away with this. The reaction to George Floyd’s death, however, went in another direction last night and became an excuse to riot.
It melted the stop sign. pic.twitter.com/ffjpd9oi4u— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) May 28, 2020
When monitoring the situation goes wrong pic.twitter.com/l9NQGErE4h— Melcolm X (@RealMelcolmX) May 28, 2020
BREAKING: McDonald’s Has Fallen pic.twitter.com/utPnrdIOZM— Breaking911 (@Breaking9ll) May 28, 2020
?MINNEAPOLIS BURNING?— Melcolm X (@RealMelcolmX) May 28, 2020
As her city burns an African American women screams “burn this mother fucker down” while a White man laughs and says “RIP Minneapolis”
Doesn’t get more diverse than this folks. pic.twitter.com/iHmEIa452H
This looks like antifa black bloc. Antifa accounts on social media are already crowdfunding bail money for any comrades that may get arrested. #Minneapolis #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/YlFzz3Xzbd— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 28, 2020
A guy outside Cadillac Pawn, the shop where police say a store owner fatally shot a man attempted to loot earlier tonight. Why is he here? “They don’t want to give us justice, we’ll take it in our own hands.” pic.twitter.com/gScTqvYOaV— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) May 28, 2020
“No, please stop looting! The constitution says you have to leave Target alone!” pic.twitter.com/QiPUozTS3m— Schizophrenicus Unrædus Monkeighus (@EthelraedUnraed) May 28, 2020
Every available surface seems to have profanity-laced graffiti cursing the police. Line of police in riot gear stands in a line as dozens of protesters chant at them in all directions. pic.twitter.com/nXYpBK1ApE— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) May 28, 2020
Seen at Ingebretsen’s on Lake Street. Pedestrians walking up and down the street are dodging glass every few yards. Some store owners are arriving at nearby shops to see the devastation. pic.twitter.com/SJuRRcfJZy— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) May 28, 2020
The Minneapolis Target is getting destroyed part-by-part. The whole store has been ransacked. pic.twitter.com/8yNxkXjLod— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 28, 2020
She was protesting.— ??????? ????? (@CitizenOfWeimar) May 28, 2020
This is the reality of the ‘one struggle’ meme!
I would like to speak to your manager! This atmosphere is unacceptable!pic.twitter.com/tvY2jCT2rs— Richard ? Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) May 28, 2020
This is awful out here. No police. Looting continues pic.twitter.com/087TpNWhPV— Karen Scullin FOX9 (@kscullinfox9) May 27, 2020
In this strip, no business is spared. Nearly every window smashed. I’ve seen cars packed to the brim with looted goods. Store security alarming won’t stop chirping. pic.twitter.com/qRcX6c5ky9— Liz Sawyer (@ByLizSawyer) May 28, 2020
Elderly Resident tried to stop the rioters from looting Target in Minnesota pic.twitter.com/YSWjsW5VZI— ?0HOUR? (@___0HOUR1) May 28, 2020
Footage from inside the Target that has been looted by rioters in Minneapolis. They are trying to break into the cash registers. pic.twitter.com/jdFi7HrgTg— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 28, 2020
Future historians will look back on the neoliberal era in America when nothing but an economy still existed and the population had become nothing more than consumers pic.twitter.com/62KPYrgTQv— Hunter (@TheCptBlackPill) May 28, 2020
I slept through most of it.
I’ve seen it all before in Ferguson, St. Louis, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Charlotte. The destruction of a Target, Walgreen’s or Autozone by a mob of angry blacks and Antifa bent on mayhem just isn’t as interesting as it used to be. In 2020, we are currently reliving the Spanish Flu and the Great Depression. Perhaps this is only the first riot though of many to come in this new era? Who knows?
George Floyd himself had the best take. The people who rioted in Minneapolis last night are a “lost generation.” They are the children of the Great Unraveling. They don’t really care about Floyd’s death. That’s not what this is about. It was only an excuse to riot. These people whether black or White are unattached to their communities and deeply alienated from the neoliberal commercial hellscape that surrounds them. They all got off on burning down Karen’s World last night.
I’m personally apathetic. Is this a society worth preserving? Is it even possible to preserve such a society? As COVID-19 takes us into uncharted historical waters and the sort of hardship unseen since our grandparent’s generation, will this fragile neoliberal society fall apart?