The square where George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has posted a sign with rules for "white people" visiting the "sacred space."
And it has left people outraged.
Sounds like racism, nice.— Matt|Dr. Ko. (@matt96276480) April 22, 2021
Many took to social media to share their opinion on the "racist" sign...
Now, it's been a crucial month for America's justice system.
George Floyd Square is absolutely fantastic right now. pic.twitter.com/ZUZ0cNLRjS— daviss (@daviss) April 20, 2021
The highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment the accused, Derek Chauvin, dug his knee into George Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."
As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins, my thoughts are with the Floyd family and every American impacted by racist police brutality collectively reliving this trauma today. May justice be served.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 30, 2021
Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
Never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...
And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.
Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch.
Days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.
The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...
And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.
However, despite his defense's best efforts...
Things haven't gone in Chauvin's favor.
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
And now, the placard at the entrance of George Floyd Square calls it "a sacred space for community, public grief, and protest," telling visitors to "honor the space as a place to connect and grieve as caring humans."
But most of the instructions are listed "for white people in particular."
White people in George Floyd Square trying not to break any rules pic.twitter.com/c3lhFMclvP— ᴛʜᴇ ʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇᴀʀ ᴍᴇᴍᴇꜱ (@grandoldmemes) April 22, 2021
"Decenter yourself and come to listen, learn, mourn, and witness," the first bullet points reads, adding, "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," the second orders say.
White visitors are ordered to "seek to contribute to the energy of the space, rather than drain it."
"Bring your own process to other white folks so that you will not harm BIPOC," it says, using an acronym for Black, indigenous and people of color.
A fourth instruction tells people to use caution in taking photos without consent from people in them...
“I am a middle aged white suburban grandma who lives in Minneapolis. I went to George Floyd Square by myself at 11:15 pm tonight and took pictures of the memorial this historic day. No fear. The reality & fear mongerers’ projections are poles apart. Here are a couple of pics:” pic.twitter.com/T3DdRIqFR0— Sandy Schwartz (@JAH14811221) April 21, 2021
But it's not clear why that is aimed "in particular" at white people.
"If you witness white folks doing problematic things, speak up with compassion to take the burden of off [sic] Black folks and our siblings of color whenever appropriate," the final instruction reads.
A friend sent me this pic of George Floyd Square today. Currently praying and rolling up my sleeves to get to work. pic.twitter.com/cwX0umMCGy— Amanda Gorman (@TheAmandaGorman) April 20, 2021
"Seek to engage rather than escalate, so that it can be a learning moment rather than a disruption," the "welcome" sign ends.
Images of the sign shared on social media have left people totally shocked...
Imagine what would happen if a 9/11 memorial gave similar instructions to Muslims.— Leon Mask (@gme_market) April 22, 2021
"Imagine what would happen if a 9/11 memorial gave similar instructions to Muslims," one person tweeted.
"Nothing like trying to stir up more trouble! I can't imagine what would happen if any place had a sign posted with special instructions for Black people," Dorothy Derr said.
I thought this was about police brutality— John (@John25194172) April 22, 2021
"I thought this was about police brutality," another person asked.
Others questioned why it only singled out white people, especially as the cops charged over Floyd's death weren't all white.
What about mixed, Asian, Indian, Latinos??? And if there are mixed with white which rules do they follow... #askingforafriend— turner1415 (@turnbidd15) April 21, 2021
"What about mixed, Asian, Indian, Latinos??? And if there are mixed with white which rules do they follow… #askingforafriend," one person asked.
However, a woman named Bella said the sign was a result of "community efforts consisting of whites as well."
Shame on the reporter. This sign is of community efforts consisting of whites as well. Nothing segregated. I believe if this was vice versa you’d understand. I’m fine with this though.— bella (@bella15673558) April 22, 2021
"Nothing segregated. I believe if this was vice versa you'd understand. I'm fine with this though," she wrote.
Without addressing the issue, John Meis also noted that the general message "sounds like kind advice for any place of significant historical tragedy."
White people about to enter George Floyd square are given special instructions pic.twitter.com/3gzpwqUmtS— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) April 21, 2021
One woman wrote: "The sign wouldn't exist and address the points if there wasn't disrespect from white people in the square as an ongoing issue," she claimed.
What do you think?
Read on for all the latest surrounding Derek Chauvin's trial...