Culture Wars/Current Controversies

After the death of George Floyd, where does Minneapolis — and the country — go from here?

Most likely what will happen is this:

Trump’s incompetence and malevolence will essentially be the end of the GOP’s electoral chances, and Trump will be WASP America’s last stand. Even if Trump wins reelection, the GOP is demographically and culturally doomed. Meanwhile, the state, capitalism, and totalitarian humanism will move to co-opt the insurrection and protests (already happening) with token reforms, more token diversity appointments, and symbolic gestures like monument removals. Modest police reforms may (or may not) be implemented at (some) municipal police levels, with the federal alphabet soup agencies being strengthened, class divisions continuing to widen, the overlords of the Empire working to hold their position, and cable news continuing the fan the Red Tribe/Blue Tribe civil war.

Molly O’Toole, Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Los Angeles

The smell — campfire and chemicals — was the first thing that hit Brenda Lenton. Then it was the sight of twisted steel beams and a lone pipe, jutting up from the rubble, gently spilling water like a drinking fountain.

Lenton stared up at blue sky where her children’s bedroom used to be. They’d moved into the upstairs apartment only a week before George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, one mile up the same street.


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