There’s a lot of negativity in the world right now. Minneapolis is grieving the brutal murder of Minnesota resident George Floyd. Some of the city’s businesses have been looted and burned to the ground. Peaceful protesters standing up for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality have been tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets. Hundreds more peaceful protesters were nearly hit by a speeding semi-truck driver who hurdled down I-35W, even though the interstate was closed to protect protesters.
It’s all horrible, and I’m trying my best to encourage good people in my community who are doing the most they can to help. While a lot of people are donating to charities benefiting Black Lives Matter, others are grabbing their brooms and trash bags and teaming up to clean the city. Churches and businesses are handing out free food and water to peaceful protesters and those helping clean. I saw members of the Minnesota National Guard working hand-in-hand with volunteers to clean up an area overflowed with melted rubble from a burned down Arby’s.
I’m inspired by the people I saw. They gave me glimpses of hope.
Here are some photos I took of people cleaning Lake Street on Sunday, May 31 in Minneapolis: