The sight of the death of George Floyd was sickening, pure, and simple.
The fact that it was done by a police officer to a black man immediately created a catastrophic scenario that has brought clashing emotions and worldviews to the streets.
This has clearly escalated beyond the point of what mere words can do to avoid disaster. Our political leaders have long made promises to the black community. “Vote for us and we will solve your problems.” Failure to keep these promises has only added to pent up frustrations in minority communities. Hence, George Floyd’s death at the hands of Mayor Frey’s police has been the spark that has ignited an explosion.
Averting disaster would have required, that early on Gov. Walz and Mayor Frey would have taken action to meet with African American Leaders, apologize for what had occurred, and promised that justice would be served.
At this point, there is no alternative but to firmly enforce existing laws in order to prevent the further loss of innocent life and complete anarchy.
Clearly, there are underlying structural inequalities that need to be addressed in a reasoned and thoughtful manner. However, that discussion can only occur once the current crisis has been resolved.