Mall Of America Protest A “Decoy” Says Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter Minneapolis

Black Lives Matter organizers say their announced protest at the Mall of America was a “planned diversion” and a “decoy.” Their real goal was the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport. Protesters did show up at the nation’s largest shopping mall Wednesday afternoon, but they quickly left and boarded trains for a quick trip to the nearby MSP airport where they blocked traffic and caused delays at both of the airports

As proof that the airport action was planned and not just an adlib, Black Lives Matter points to a tweet with a video showing protesters blocking a road at MSP airport. The group says the 2:05pm timestamp proves it had protesters in place at the airport while others were still on the train. The protest at the mall began around 1:30pm. View tweet and video here.

The group says the action was part of a six city nationally coordinated plan. Other areas that had protests today were near Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Chattanooga.

In Minneapolis the action was spurred by the police shooting of Jamar Clark in November. Black Lives Matters has a list of demands related to the shooting including investigators releasing video. Organizers say roads at the airport terminals were blocked to protest “Islamophobia and anti-black racism in airport policing.” A press release sent out after the action said “we protest the airport’s discriminatory profiling practices against Black people and anyone who is perceived to be Muslim, as part of a larger system that continues to kill and harm Black people without any justice.”

A new demand the group has added asks to “disinvest from police and reinvest in Black futures.” The Minneapolis City Council recently tabled a last-minute plan to transfer $605,000 for police “safety and accessibility improvements” after Black Lives Matters supporters complained loudly about the plan.

Press release from Black Lives Matter

MOA Decoy Action Results in Shutdown of Two Airport Terminals, Light Rail, MOA

Today we shut down the Mall of America, Minneapolis Airport, and light rail as part of a nationally coordinated protest. Actions happened in six U.S. cities, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, the SF Bay Area, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Chattanooga. After a planned diversion at the mall, we moved to the airport 5 minutes before the action was scheduled to begin.

We protest the continued unmitigated state sanctioned violence against Black people and communities of color. We protest the continued denial of justice for Black people and Black communities. We want a complete overhaul of the justice system both locally and nationally. Just days after the non-indictment decision in Sandra Bland’s murder in Texas and two months after the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark in Minnesota, we continue to demand justice, including the release of the tapes in the Jamar Clark case. Grand juries do not get justice for Black people when they are murdered by police, this is just one way the system is setup and works against Black people. We also continue to make the following demands:
-Prosecute the police involved without a grand jury and by a special prosecutor
-Federal domestic terrorism charges against white supremacists who shot 5 protestors
-Institute a safety plan to protect our communities from Police violence
-Disinvest from police and reinvest in Black futures

We blocked entrances at both terminals of the airport to also protest Islamophobia and anti-black racism in airport policing. We protest the airport’s discriminatory profiling practices against Black people and anyone who is perceived to be Muslim, as part of a larger system that continues to kill and harm Black people without any justice. The continued relentless violence against Black people is appalling and morally repugnant. The fact that Black people get constantly harassed by police forces at every level, local and federal, in airports, malls, and on the streets of America is no longer acceptable. The fact that too many are tried, sentenced, and executed with no justice on the streets is why we protest. We will continue to protest until we get justice for Jamar Clark, until the tapes are released and the rest of our demands are met. We will not give up and we will not give in. Until there is justice, there will be no peace. 2016 is coming, so are we. ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎blackxmas‬

Michael McIntee

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45 thoughts on “Mall Of America Protest A “Decoy” Says Black Lives Matter

  1. of course black lives do in fact matter, but denying people who payed for flights a chance to see their family on the holidays seems like a great way to make the uninformed or neutral people sway towards hating the movement. I agree with the cause, just not the actions. The airport isn’t a protected forum for free speech, as stated in mn statute 609.6055.

  2. More gov’t dependents I support… No problem, sincerely glad to be able to. But it is painful to watch you guys keep making the same mistakes. Blame, blame, blame. Get in the game.

  3. Welcome to minnesota. There is little order and no leadership at city or state level. This is what we get most of the time up here. Especially when we have warm winters.

  4. i fully support blacklivesmatters, but why not march on city hall?
    the district attorneys house?
    the police department?
    any arm of the state that enable and protect killer cops,

    instead ruining people’s holiday travels…
    is this really how to win people over to your cause?

  5. Obviously, ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬, except if you are one of the many blacks who own a business inside the Mall. Then, it seems, your lives are irrelevant to the protesters.


  6. Yes this is how to win,the places you have mention have been tried with no changes,.You speak of ruining people’s holiday but we’re speaking of ruining people’s.So now you tell me which is the more important issue here

  7. Really, Syrian Refugees lives matter to Americans do they, why must it be a counter point if you REALLY believed all lives mattered, wouldnt mentioning the Black ones be in line with that???

  8. they don’t care. these are spoiled rotten kids who are used to getting what they want. there lives are empty so this gives them purpose. they should go to the places where poor black people live and help there but they would be afraid to do that

  9. if more important means most people killed then the most important issue is foreign policy



  10. BLACK Xmas????? Create divisions much? Reap what you sow. Don’t cry to me you are treated differently if you do everything you can to BE different. I’m not talking about skin color which I have no prejudice,I’m talking about actions.

  11. …and murdering black people isn’t a way to divide? An inconvenience at the airport is a far cry from losing your family to the police. They’ve been merely inconvenienced. How dare those people inconvenience others with their concern over systemic murder. Im scratching my head over here.

  12. What the heck is up with the comments? You all need to be out there protesting WITH them if you actually care about the fact that innocent people are being murdered. Unfortunately, you dont because those people are not white. You are part of the problem.

  13. #blackliesmatter
    Which ever one you choose to chant probably doesn’t matter to the people in the airport trying to go see their families.

  14. I’d say interfering with airport operations is an act of terrorism. Why haven’t they been arrested?

  15. These people are idiots if they think making travelers miss Christmas flights is going to help their cause.

  16. Creating unrelated problems is not an okay way to deal with a problem. You don’t have to ruin people’s holidays to spread a message. The internet exists, and if you aren’t doing awful things to other people for no good reason, it will be a far more effective tool than what you are doing now.

    Of course, I’m assuming that there is no good reason for ruining people’s holidays. Maybe there is?

  17. “#livesmatter” kind of includes black lives. Would you believe that I care about black people if I said “all lives, including black lives specifically, matter”? Do I really need to redundantly point out a specific demographic?

  18. I believe #BlackLivesMatter but I don’t believe that this issue is confined to the black communities. There is a general lack of lawlessness to the police that see’s no color but green! There are instances where these cops are focusing their efforts on the black communities, but that’s one part of a much larger picture. I believe there needs to be new levels of accountability for police action. Some officers are good people that are just trying to do good things the best way they can. Some are just scared. Some are racists pieces of ****. There needs to be an elected committee outside of the regular court systems to investigate and judge all police action and any reports filed against them. This can not remain in the hands of other police officers or the judges that they go golf with on the weekends! I would suggest something like a jury to sit in on these hearings, but with the current level of malevolence towards police, I don’t think that would accomplish true justice. I think that would end up tipping the scales completely in the other direction and that could only lead to anarchy. A panel elected by the people it’s promised to protect, with yearly elections to offset a panel abusing it’s privilege, to replace current Internal Affairs, as this situation is NOT being handled internally, would go a long way to fixing the current issues!!

  19. My husband’s flight in and my daughter’s flight out were delayed. Oh, snap! At least we don’t have to deal with racism every single day of our lives. #BlackLivesMatter keep people uncomfortable and on their toes! Let’s also get to work on the educational and economic disparities going on for black people in Minnesota! For all of you that are bitching, you probably don’t even have one black friend in your lives, so stfu, you really have no idea. I was really comfortable with the fact that I considered myself to be non-racist all my life due to the way I was raised. That somehow racism didn’t exist if I didn’t feel or act racist. Now that I have many more black friends and acquaintances, I see what they go through every damn day. BLM came about because it needed to. All you fools don’t get it when you say all lives matter. It goes without saying that white lives matter in this country, that’s the friggin’ point–that black Americans have to even point out they matter TOO exactly reflects the fact that racism still runs deep in the American psyche. We all do better when we all do better. So obvious, yet we fail at it. It is true at the family, community and national level. I hope I didn’t say something stupid! Peace and love to everyone!

  20. Having worked at the airport in Minneapolis, I have first hand experience of the LACK of racial profiling by TSA or airport police. Additionally relevant: the majority of workers employed within the airport (working the stores and counters, housekeeping) are black and Muslim. They’re incredibly hard working, kind, and reliable people. They would argue the validity of the claim of unfair treatment within the airport and disagree with BLM ‘s closing down the airport and the light rail. #BlackXmas affected the livelihoods of many black lives and the lives of additional lower income individuals. The message was skewed or lost in its delivery.

  21. There’s this argument about blacks and crime and the population being much smaller than white population but making up almost 50% of crime in the US. Well if you take the amount of unarmed blacks killed by cops in comparison to whites and you consider the population difference. You have the same argument but in reverse.

  22. This is only one issue #blacklivesmatter addresses, there are many more. It’s not that people are racist for not agreeing they are racist for looking for every route not to agree. When some actual thought is put into it it would be much harder not to agree.

  23. There is plenty good reason to ruin people’s holiday because cops have ruined people’s lives but that’s not awful huh?? And they ultimately did not go to jail

  24. I thought they were protesting at the airport for recent police shootings of unarmed blacks?