Thousands protest at Mall of America, spark mall shut-down
Around 3,000 protesters filled the Mall of America rotunda on Dec. 20, chanting “Black Lives Matter,” while other protesters marched through the mall chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Police and mall security eventually filed the protesters back outside, while dozens stayed behind to continue protesting.
The protest lasted more than 30 minutes, shutting down an entire section of the mall, before Bloomington police in riot gear, Hennepin County Sheriffs and mall security ushered protesters out of the building. Protesting remained peaceful and continued outside, before being dispersed by protest organizers. Even some store employees left their stores and stood in solidarity with the protesters with their hands raised in the air.
On December 20th, thousands of protesters converged on America’s largest mall and closed off sections of the mall. Of course mall officials were pissed off because after all, the only thing that matters to ‘Corpmerica’ is shop, shop, shop. How dare they interrupt THE biggest shopping event of the year by bringing attention to the fact that every life should matter, even Black ones!
A group called, “Black Lives Matter” is apparently, refusing to give up as the protests continue over the killing of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and many other unarmed Black people that have died at the hands of murderous cops.
Mall of America officials stated that they are ‘extremely disappointed’ with the Black Lives Matter protesters because many did not disperse when ordered to do so and of course, the cops in riot gear were called in to aid in the dispersing of the protesters. In the parking lot of Mall of America, another “Black Lives Matter” protest was taking place. The protesters staged ‘die-ins’ and chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “Black lives matter,” and “I can’t breathe,” a reference to Eric Garner’s last words before he died at the hands of a NYPD officer.
I just want to take this opportunity to say that here in Minnesota with an 85% White population and a 5% Black population, it does my heart good to see the many protests that have taken place and the fact that they were ALL well attended by Whites. People stood shoulder to shoulder with each other and shouted together. We must not lose hope because there are many, many people who care about the fact that an entire ethnic group is being denigrated because of the color of their skin and they are refusing to continue to believe in a system that is unjustly targeting Black people for extinction and they are standing up. Those that run this country, just as they run every other country that kowtows to U.S. demands, don’t want to see this coming together happen and things are going to get rough, more rough than they are now. But we’ve got the strength of numbers on our side and the fact that many of us are realizing that it’s not a Black issue, it’s not a White issue, this is a human issue and we all need to face the fact that we are in this together.
Yes, it is a shame that so many people had to die for us to get a sort of ‘awakening’ but it usually takes horrific traumatic events to get us to all come together for a common cause and to realize that “There but for the grace of God, go I!”
Together, we can change the world because we are the world. Never stop shouting. Never stop hoping. Never stop, never because we can’t ‘buy’ our way out of slavery and in a way, we are all slaves, slaves to the beast that demands we feed it with our blood, sweat and tears and that of our children and our children’s children. The only way to kill the beast is to starve it and that is why the officials at Mall of America were so disappointed in the “Black Lives Matter” protesters because they got in the way of ‘feeding’ the beast called ‘Capitalism’. They prevented some shopping.