OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
On Saturday, you might have missed it, but Kamala Harris tweeted out about supporting small businesses.
“Small businesses, especially Black and minority-owned businesses, urgently need relief to survive the effects of coronavirus this winter. @JoeBiden and I are committed to helping these businesses during this pandemic and get them the support they need to thrive in years to come,” Kamala said.
People were furious over this tweet and called Kamala Harris out for her lack of tact. This came after people brought up her tweet from June 1st of this year advocating for the release of arrested protesters in Minnesota. “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Kamala said. She called for this after Minneapolis was on fire, and rioters burned various small businesses were to the ground.
This advocation just shows how disconnected she is from the reality of what happened in Minnesota. The Star Tribune, a local Minnesota paper, stated that over 360 Businesses were either burned, looted, or damaged. The paper even laid out on a map of the pinpoints demonstrating the damage.
This is not funny. This is not some political game. You can’t allow rioting in the streets, the burning of buildings, and the degradation of society and suddenly advocate for businesses’ recovery. As a Minnesotan, I have seen the damage first hand.
In late July, when I drove through the area, I saw that the roads surrounding the area were blocked. People couldn’t easily access their own homes. The entire area of the George Floyd memorial was inaccessible by at least two blocks by car. Buildings were demolished into actual rubble. It looked like a third world country.
Minnesotans needed those jobs– especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now entire areas are no-go zones where people won’t even try to access those places in Minneapolis. What businesses are left are now less likely to gain broader customer bases. The impacts are so much more significant than what people see on the surface.