After former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of three counts of murdering George Floyd, Americans from all walks of life cheered the three verdicts and felt that the jury's decision would help end the ongoing racial divide and violence that has been occurring for decades. They were wrong, as Black activists segregate white people In Minneapolis.
While "White people" are welcomed, according to Black activists in Minneapolis, all “White people” entering the public space and newly-dubbed “George Floyd Plaza” must follow Black Supremacist or segregationist guidelines they set for “White People” visiting the site. Black activists have all but put up a 'Blacks Only' creed.
The guidelines all but warn “white people” not to drain the “energy of the space” and influence other “white folks” to not harm “BIPOC.”
The guidelines also implore white people to govern themselves so that the policing obligation is taken “off Black folks and our siblings of color.”
BIPOC is the acronym for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
These are the posted guidelines for “White people”:
- Decenter yourself and come to listen, learn, mourn, and mourn. Remember you are here to support, not be supported.
- Be mindful of whether your volume, pace, and movements are supporting or undermining your efforts to decenter yourself.
- Seek to contribute to the energy of the space, rather than drain it. Bring your own processing to other white folks so that you will not harm BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).
- Consider if you want or need to take photos and post them. Do not take photos of other people without their consent.
- If you witness white folks doing problematic things, speak up with compassion to take the burden of off (sic) Black folks and our siblings of color whenever appropriate. Seek to engage rather than escalate, so that it can be a learning movement rather than a disruption.