03 Dec Police decorate Christmas tree with racial stereotypes in majority-black neighborhood.
Minneapolis police decorate Christmas tree with racial stereotypes in majority-black neighborhood.
Tis the season, huh?
Hanging from the Christmas tree inside a Minneapolis Police Department precinct were half-crushed cans of malt liquor, cups from Popeyes and pieces of actual garbage accented by a single strip of yellow crime-scene tape.
These pieces of trash were deliberately chosen to represent how certain officers feel about the community they serve: that black people are a stereotype to be mocked and the lives of those they serve may as well be reduced to trash in the gutter.
It’s time we stand up against racism.
Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Don’t let a label hold you back from being great.