Liberal elites want us to care about January 6th, but they don’t care when our cities burn

I remember calling my husband on 31st May. It was our anniversary, and he was out of work before he got home—not because we had plans, but because there was a curfew in Minneapolis. He called to tell me that he had to go to a nearby suburb to get a medical prescription. “Our Walgreens isn’t on Hennepin Avenue anymore,” he said. “It was burned to the ground.”

In the spring and summer of 2020, thousands of businesses were looted, damaged, or completely destroyed during the George Floyd protests – especially here, where Floyd was killed. every day we read heart wrenching stories Begging business owners and pleading rioters to spare their livelihoods, many of them uninsured, pleas went unheard. Was over $2 billion in property damage.

And yet, to follow mainstream news, you’d be forgiven for thinking the destruction of cities across the country—the destruction of small businesses, many of which are owned by low-income people—is the worst of the violence. The big story was not fresh history. This honor is reserved for the one-hour crowd of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to hear the media say the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots have been the dominant story in liberal mainstream media throughout the week.

This breathless, week-long commemoration—along with the sacred ceremony with which January 6 is discussed in elite liberal circles—highlights whose lives really matter: in D.C. ivory towers and Manhattan newsrooms. elite class. And it was revealed that there is no life.

Violence erupted in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd. There was no law, only disorder. Metro buses were stopped, curfew was imposed, grocery stores and medicine shops were looted and burnt. The third precinct police station was set on fire.

But the story of most journalists flying in from New York was a city and a country facing the racial reckoning of detail well worth it. There was no rioter, for the media to hear it; Crowds throwing Molotov cocktails were smashing windows Protesters and “Mostly Peaceful” Demonstrators, Violence was framed as a necessary transmission of grievances. Collateral damage to businesses and lives was cast as a smaller part than the national discussion on race relations and policing in America.

But it was the beginning of the abandonment of neglected cities and urban areas by those who were charged with representing and protecting them.

Police vehicles burn after demonstrators set them on fire in the Fairfax district, as they protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during his arrest and kneeled by a Minneapolis police officer on May 30 was dropped on the ground. , 2020 in Los Angeles. Demonstrations are taking place across America after the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25. (Photo Mark Ralston/AFP)
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In Minneapolis, decay happened quickly. In the weeks and months that followed, Minneapolis and its sister city St. Paul began to see Record levels of violence, murder, and carjacking, And it continues. Residents are now living in panic Children playing in the front courtyard got bullets, In North Minneapolis, residents have resorted to City Council and Mayor Jacob Freu sued To get proper police numbers in an effort to restore order from fear and chaos.

This is what happens when national journalists go back to New York. When politicians make rhetoric about social justice. When they are marched in the streets with weapons attached to the activists. After issuing a press statement about the reform, they head home to safer streets and safer homes.

They do not watch or write about the funeral of a 6 year old child Ania Allen, whose small coffin was carried throughout the city by horse-drawn carriage. They do not attend the funeral of the Good Samaritan Kavanion Palmer, who was shot and killed while trying to stop a carjacking.

These elites do not think so, but in the case of unspeakable violence all lost their lives. Estimated $2 billion loss Matters after the riots. America cannot continue as a properly functioning democracy if our great cities are self-destructing. This should be the topmost concern of every elected official.

Instead, they are concerned only about their own importance and grandeur in front of cameras that glorify the rage of a day long – to be sure that is rife with guilt and violence.

They do nothing to help us. But when Minneapolis residents were trapped inside a burning city, the DC elite erected barriers and lines of barbed wire to keep people out. When Senator Tom Cotton wrote an op-ed In new York Times Calling for military intervention to restore order, it was condemned and the editor who gave it the green light was fired. After the January 6 riots, reportedly referred to by sad-faced journalists as an “insurgency” and “domestic terrorism”, the National Guard was stationed in DC for months.

The narcissism is simply staggering. But it goes much deeper than that. Pitting groups against each other and inciting fear and anger is how our elites – our politicians and journalists – keep themselves in power, while the average American is left with tragic consequences.

This is a sad but shocking reality of a society divided between the powerful and the powerless. Powerful people have the luxury of coping with their traumas, sitting down for moist-eyed interviews and Twilight Awakenings, with exclusive news networks all day long. The powerless go to food shelters as their grocery store burns down and beg for justice when another child is shot in the street.

Powerful hold investigations, conducting investigations and congressional hearings. The powerless sit at the funerals of their loved ones with unanswered prayers and watch their businesses resume.

The real threat to democracy is an elite class that has shown us that they value their pain, their discomfort and their lives more than us. How can they tell us to care about a riotous day last January when every day the lives of the most vulnerable in cities across America are at risk, their livelihoods at risk?

A powerful superclass, indifferent to the concerns of the people they represent, and for whom they work, is a real miscarriage of justice that they believe to be their own.

Jenna Stocker is the Managing Editor of Thinking Minnesota and a freelance writer. He holds a degree in accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

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