George Floyd Square Features Special Rules For White People

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George Floyd Square features a sign with information about the area and special rules for white people coming to visit.

The spot where George Floyd died in Minneapolis last summer has been occupied by protestors and has come to be known as George Floyd square, upon entering the area visitors are met with a sign laying out information and special rules for white people.

The sign reads:

Welcome to George Floyd Square 

A Sacred Space for Community, Public Grief, and Protest 

This is where George Floyd took his last breath under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, under the watch of three other officers. 

Enter with reverence, humility, and openness, as an invited guest. 

Care for each other by wearing a mask and asking others to wear a mask. 

Honor the space as a place to connect and grieve as caring humans. 

For White people in particular: 

  • Decenter yourself and come to listen, learn, mourn, and witness. Remember you are here to support, not to be supported. 
  • Be mindful of whether your volume, pace, and movements are supporting or undermining your efforts to decenter yourself. 
  • Seek to contribute to the energy of the space, rather than drain it. Bring your own processing to other white folks so that you will not harm BIPOC. 
  • Consider if you want or need to take photos and post them. Do not take photos of other people without their consent.
  • If you witness white folks doing problematic things, speak up with compassion to take the burden of off Black folks and our siblings of color whenever appropriate. Seek to engage rather than escalate, so that it can be a learning moment rather than a disruption. 

According to Fox News’ Matt Finn, there are several signs like this around the area many which are singling out white people.

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