Minneapolis: Voices of Protesters in the Streets

November 25, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


Demonstrators camp outside Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct during a protest of the police murder of Jamar Clark, November 24. AP photoDemonstrators camp outside Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct during a protest of the police murder of Jamar Clark, November 24. AP photo

From interviews by a Revolution correspondent

Young African-American man who lives in Minneapolis—this is his first demonstration:

I wanted to see what the fuss was, and to show support for the brother who died. I wanted to see the officer response—I want to get the tapes released. And I want to see the response of the people... .We need to get rid of the barriers between us, religion, race, Crips vs. Bloods. It’s all divide and conquer. To me there was a lack of progress and action. We have to do shit on a different scale. Now I thought it was good today—but there were all these smiles. I think we need to be more serious than that. Put the pressure on them. Go where we’re not permitted to go. Cause disruptions. Run the police out of the community.

Young white woman from Hopkins High School (a predominantly white suburban school):

I wanted to take a stand. I wanted to prove that America has a racist foundation. I wanted people to stop being ignorant. How to change things? I have no idea of how to change things. End white privilege. Be allies to Blacks. Be helpful. The shooting by the racist whites? Why? We’re just out here supporting the family, and they shoot people. I’m sick of Black people being killed.

Young African-American woman who bought a copy of BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian:

I’m tired of people being oblivious, ignoring the issue. Many of these people out here have never walked in my shoes. I grew up in a privileged part of town, but I wake up every morning afraid for my life... and they don’t. It’s like you have two strikes on your back if you’re a minority—and the third strike could come anytime and take you out. Change? It takes the community. Exposing white supremacy. The system was built on white privilege. I came out here wanting to believe the police weren’t as bad as some have been saying. But they’re really worse than I thought.



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