Elizabeth Hinton “The Minneapolis Uprising in Context”

A proper understanding of urban rebellion depends on our ability to interpret it not as a wave of criminality, but as political violence.

“Thursday evening, protestors in Minneapolis seized the city police’s third precinct building and set fire to it. The immediate cause of the flames is a devastating incident of state violence with deep historical roots: on Monday, a white police officer jammed his knee into the neck of George Floyd, a black resident, for several minutes as three other officers held Floyd’s body down on the street. In his final moments, Floyd—unarmed and in handcuffs—pled for his life and repeatedly informed the officer and the crowd of bystanders that he couldn’t breathe.”

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Friday, May 29, 2020