Black-owned businesses near “George Floyd Square" struggling with violence and lack of traffic, plead for help

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 24th, 2021 2:47 pm
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Last Updated Apr 26th, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Black-owned businesses in Minneapolis, Minnesota, located at the intersection where George Floyd died, say they have lost 75 percent in revenue since May 25, 2020.

"The Black businesses along George Floyd Square have suffered greatly," said Alicia Smith on behalf of the 38th Street Black Business Collective. "Lack of traffic down this once busy street has led to an unintended economic downfall for these businesses."

"These businesses feel they have been the sacrificial lamb of the movement and while everyone agrees that justice for George Floyd is the ultimate goal, it should not come at the cost of losing one's livelihood especially for these Black families."

According to the New York Post, "owners and workers at most of the stores that do remain open were too afraid to comment."

"Another unintended consequence of the occupation of 38th and Chicago is the rise in crime that has had a profound effect on these businesses," Smith said. "Following the killing of George Perry Floyd Jr. and the reduction of the Minneapolis Police Department, there has been uncontrollable crime in this city."

The city barricaded the street intersection shortly after Floyd's death to allow a memorial to be erected. Police have since abandoned the blocked-off intersection.

"They locked us up on here and left us behind," said a merchant who, for fear of appraisals, asked to be identified only as Alexander W.

Police said last month they would eventually return to the intersection, though they didn't specify when that would be.


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