In the Gopher State yesterday, the inept and embarrassing governor issued a proclamation that all Minnesotans should honor the memory of George Floyd and remember the systemic racism that took his life. His decree stated that:
“George Floyd’s murder ignited a global movement and awakened many Minnesotans and people around the world to the systemic racism that our Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color have known for centuries. On April 20, 2021, a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd’s murder. This historic verdict was a step in the right direction, but our work to dismantle systematic racism and discrimination has not ended. True justice for George Floyd will come only through real, systemic change to prevent acts like this from happening again—when every member of every community, no matter their race, is safe, valued, and protected.
This proclamation is a slap in the face to all law-abiding citizens that keep their heads down, work hard, raise families, and strive to make their communities better. Of course, this isn’t even the first time they’ve gone through this; to commemorate Floyd’s funeral last June he likewise proclaimed that all Minnesotans should engage in a moment of silence. His words then were:
“The world watched in horror as George Floyd’s humanity was taken away from him,” reads Governor Walz’s proclamation. “We will not wake up one day and have the disease of systemic racism cured. We must do everything in our power to come together to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in our state so that every Minnesotan – Black, Indigenous, Brown, or White – can be safe and thrive.”
As an aside, apparently comments like this are not considered jury tampering. Also, one can notice that in the moment of silence from last June he wanted everyone to observe eight minutes and forty-six seconds while the one from this week asked for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds. Great work. Leftists really will believe anything they’re told. Oh, it’s nine minutes now? Ok.
Now, it is not speaking ill of the deceased Flpyd to point out that he accomplished none of the things that make for a great citizen mentioned above. He neither followed a moral code nor statutory law. He neither respected women nor his own body. Nothing along these lines, it appeared, interested him. Perhaps most disingenuous throughout this entire charade of proclamations, fake outrage, marching, rioting, and all of the rest of the hooliganry is the inescapable reality that your very own attorney general and lead prosecutor in the trial of Derek Chauvin, Keith Ellison, stated upon the conclusion of the trial that there was no evidence of race showing up in the interaction between Floyd and Chauvin. How can you allege matters of racism if there is no actual evidence of racism as noted by Ellison? His exact phrasing was:
“I wouldn’t call it that [a hate crime] because hate crimes are crimes where there’s an explicit motive and of bias. We don’t have any evidence that Derek Chauvin factored in George Floyd’s race as he did what he did.”
Here are the facts. George Floyd was a career criminal with a penchant for violence against women and proclivity toward drug use. In his fatal May 25th arrest last year, he had a team of patient police officers pleading with him to comply. Prior to the video of his being kneeled on, Floyd repeatedly refused to obey basic commands or comply with officers. You want nine minutes? I’ll give you twenty of pleading and begging by the officers to help the drugged-out fiend.
The Attorney General declared openly that race and skin color had no bearing on the police work the day of May 25th, 2020 and yet Walz demanded (twice) that Minnesota silently reflect on his passing precisely because he was black. Does that make any sense to anyone?
Plain and simple, your latest proclamation offends the decency of tens of thousands of Minnesotans that have died over the years with less, but certainly more deserving, fanfare. These people include innocent civilians, military service men and women, and police. By Walz’s logic, apparently Minnesotans should hold vigils for everyone that kills themselves drinking and driving; deadly levels of harmful substances are exculpatory now. Worst of all is the fact that in the past two weeks alone, there have been three children – children – shot by gang members. Just for the record, all three of the little ones were black.
Do their lives matter?
It is clear that innocent black lives do not in fact matter to Walz, but they do to the mourning families and entire neighborhoods where tragedies like this strike every day. Their names were Trinity Ottoson-Smith (age 9), Ladavionne Garrett, Jr. (age 10), and Aniya Allen (age 6). Trinity was killed by errant bullets while jumping on a trampoline. A bullet, directed at a nearby house, to her head killed her. Ladavionne was also shot in the head while riding in the back seat of a car driven by both his mother and father. Aniya was shot and killed when the car she was riding in took on gunfire at a McDonald’s drive-thru.
When a black child is killed by a gangster it’s the gun’s fault (or the “white” system’s fault that forced a black man to make murderous choices), but when a black adult is killed by the police it’s the police’s fault? At what point do blacks take ownership? Your lack of standards for some people is grotesque. The George W. Bush administration named this “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” That’s a euphemistic expression for what Walz’s standards for the black community is. He is, without a doubt, a racist.
As it pertains to the children lost to gang violence, it is difficult to see how this doesn’t relate to the governor’s stance toward policing. It is pretty straightforward (and predictable) that as police pull out, crime and violence in black communities goes up. This shouldn’t be a challenging concept to grasp. Three children are dead as a result of the “Ferguson Effect’ playing out in Minneapolis. Three children are dead because gangbangers are emboldened. Regardless, all three of the deceased little ones are more deserving of Minnesotan’s sorrow and rage, and certainly a moment of silence, than George Floyd. To say that this is an understatement is to state the patently obvious. The three precious children were innocent in their demise; Floyd made a series of cascading choices that led him to the streets of Minneapolis. Since the events of Ferguson occurred in 2015, a total of about 200 young people have been killed by senseless gang violence in Minneapolis alone. Nationally, over 374 shootings have involved childrenin just 2021. Many were black.
Let those numbers sink in for a moment. If George Floyd deserves nine minutes of forced martyrdom and collective reflection, how much time do innocent babies deserve? Can Walz even name one of them?
There are larger concerns than a mere moment of silence. To be clear, I personally wasn’t impacted by it; I had work to do. (You see, I don’t get fatally high on illicit drugs on a weekday.) But I am bothered by it at a deeper level. What does it say about our society when cultural and political leaders revere, cherish, and force remembrances for thuggish, violent losers? There are 5.5 million people in Minnesota; at least 5.45 million are more deserving of statewide recognition than George Floyd. This is an embarrassing stain on Walz’s already lackluster performance in the governorship.
In the morally relativistic world of him and all leftists, George Floyd is a black hero and martyr while the interrupted lives of innocent black children or lasting societal contributions from greats like Thomas Sowell and Larry Elder go unnoticed. The death of George Floyd and subsequent capitulation to Critical Race Theory has revealed how morally barren and destructive Democrat leadership is to its core.
At the end of the day, whom one chooses to associate with and whom one chooses to idolize reflects back on the individual. Tim Walz asked that the entire state remember a career criminal who abused both women and drugs. He’s the hero? This is the person we want to represent Minnesota?
Shame on you, Governor Walz.