Minneapolis Queer Business Owners Watch Protests And Worry

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05/31/2020

As the world watches live television coverage of night after night of demonstrations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in dozens of cities across the U.S., so have the owners of the businesses burned and looted. According to the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, there are 1.4 million LGBT business owners in the U.S. Those that are also minority-owned and support groups like Black Lives Matter and share the outrage over the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis have added messages to their boarded-up businesses in hopes of being spared. This the outcome of thousands of Americans taking to the streets to express their outrage over the murder of Floyd, an unarmed black man in police custody. Cellphone video captured Derk Chauvin, a white, now-fired police officer, holding Floyd to the ground by kneeling on his neck — for almost nine minutes. On the recording, Floyd can be heard begging for help: “I can’t breathe.” Floyd died, Chauvin and three fellow officers were fired, and Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder.

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