Finding peace in Minneapolis

Written by on May 3, 2021

Boots On The Floor: The Black neighborhood in Minneapolis finds peace after George Floyd

The Black neighborhood in Minneapolis, related by way of trauma, is activated by the Derek Chauvin verdict within the ongoing battle for justice.

Jarrad Henderson and Harrison Hill, USA TODAY

We spent weeks with the Black neighborhood in Minneapolis, earlier than, throughout and after the trial and conviction of the previous police officer charged with killing George Floyd. We constructed relationships, photographed and made movies of traumatized, annoyed and impressed residents. They’re all related by way of a legacy of shared trauma.

As Black journalists, we had been usually approached with shock. We had been shocked by the activism of the shut knit neighborhood at George Floyd Sq.. We had been shocked of the progress the neighborhood has made in such a brief period of time. We had been shocked at how a lot additional we’ve left to understand equality on this nation. Finally, we had been amazed by the neighborhood’s acceptance of our presence and wished to ensure their tales had been amplified. 

The Black neighborhood in Minneapolis is related by way of shared generational trauma and a historical past of police violence. Earlier than the trial started, they listed 24 calls for in pursuit of therapeutic. 

“Boots on the Floor” chronicles the weeks main as much as the trial and examines the aftermath of a justice system pressured to find out the guilt or innocence of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Our time right here reveals what must occur for these killings to finish and what it will imply to Black People who’re exhausted with this actuality.

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