Protesters in Minneapolis staged a demonstration at the Mall of America, which then shifted to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, where at least one terminal was blocked, causing a traffic jam.
Wichita, Kansas television station KSN, the local NBC affiliate, shared this post on Facebook, and the comments were quite predictable.
One comment stands out in particular, and perfectly illustrates the need for the Black Lives Matter movement.
This man, George Werner, clearly believes that catching his flight vastly outweighs the importance of the black lives that have been lost at the hands of police in Minneapolis. His comment is not racist, it is just the average, white privilege response.
Other comments, made by other white people on this thread express deep concern for the shop owners at the mall, and the money they might have lost, and general concern for those stuck in traffic, due to the protests. And of course, there are the “All Lives Matter” comments, as if the importance of white people’s lives was ever in question.
Historically, as far as protests are concerned, the only language that American power brokers understand is money. If your protest is not costing people money, it will likely be ignored. The Boston Tea Party is a perfect example of this strategy.
As for George Werner, who might just be the least racist person commenting on this thread, we hope he catches his flight and makes it home to his family for the holidays, just as we wish that the unarmed people gunned down by police this year could do the same.