Black Business Owners Around George Floyd Square Desperate, Claim Revenue Dropped 75% in Wake of Destructive Riots, Skyrocketing Crime


The intersection where George Floyd died in May of 2020 has become an ad hoc memorial and autonomous zone. George Floyd Square, The Guardian reported in March, has purportedly become “a symbol of resistance – and healing.” “The sign on a barricade on a once-unassuming street in Minneapolis reads: ‘You’re now entering the free state of George Floyd,’” Amudalat Ajasa wrote. “A small rectangle of city blocks features murals, flowers, candles and tributes in the place where Floyd, a Black man, died under the knee of a white police officer last May, sparking the biggest US civil rights uprising since the 1960s. “On maps, it’s the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue. To activists and community members, it’s George Floyd Square.” To business owners in George Floyd Square, it’s been a nightmare. Crime is up. Business owners say they’ve lost three-fourths of their business. Things have gotten so bad that community activist Alicia Smith has set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of an area business group known as the 38th Street Black Business Collective. The sad irony is that most of these businesses are black-owned, according to the New York Post.

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