After allowing a mob to burn down police headquarters, voting to defund their police department and vilifying police officers as racists the government of Minneapolis was shocked to find out that police are leaving the force in droves. Even more unexpectedly the crime rate and especially the murder rate have spiked. The City Council’s reaction was twofold. First they attributed the spike to President Trump being evil and secondly they ordered police details to provide personal protection for City Council members. With the problem now fully under control they went back to the main order of business, vilifying the police and President Trump.
But as personally satisfying as that action plan has been for the City Council and Mayor it appears that the residents of Minneapolis are still selfishly complaining about the carjackings, running gun battles between gangs, aggravated assaults and the odd murder here and there. Why must these people harp on these petty problems? Can’t they see that every day Minneapolis is getting closer and closer to real racial justice? Oh, well.
Reading the article you can sense the desperation in people who see their world disintegrating around them. But reading the comments after the article it’s split about 50/50 between those who agree and those who think everything is just fine. Minneapolis is now where New York City was back in the 1960s during the riots. They can retreat from the madness of blaming the police for street crime or they can watch as the middle class residents leave in droves and leave the city a shell of its former self. If I were guessing I’d go with white flight and burned out shell.
It will be educational to see how this latest case of the death of an American city plays out. Who knows, maybe they’ll surprise me and vote to survive instead. Anything is possible.