he mayor of Minneapolis, whom some have characterized as a cross between Prince Charles and Canadian Prime Minister Justin “Blackface” Trudeau, told individuals protesting that their anger is “understandable” and “right” but urged them to make sure they are wearing masks and practicing social distancing during their demonstrations.
Yes, you read that right.
“The city encourages everyone to exercise caution to stay safe while participating in demonstrations, including wearing masks and physical distancing as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s office wrote in a statement addressed to individuals who took to the streets following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. “The city has made hundreds of masks available to protesters this week.”
On Thursday, Frey expressed empathy by telling protesters their anger was “right.”
“What we’ve seen over the last two days, and the emotion-ridden conflict over last night, is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness, anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community not just because of five minutes of horror but 400 years,” Frey said. “If you’re feeling that sadness and that anger, it’s not only understandable. It’s right.”
Frey continued: “It’s a reflection of the truth that our black community has lived. While not from lived experience, that sadness must also be understood by our non-black communities. To ignore it, to toss it out, would be to ignore the values we all claim to have. That are all the more important during a time of crisis.”
No word from the mayor on whether the looting and vandalism that occurred these past several days and nights is “right.”
.Remember all the heat put upon the Lake of the Ozarks revelers over Memorial Day weekend?
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. – Photos and videos of vacationers in swimming pools at Lake of the Ozarks gained national attention over the Memorial Day weekend, and one of the venues that landed in the spotlight was Backwater Jacks.
The venue, mistakenly called “Blackwater Jack’s” by CNN host Don Lemon, who discussed Lake of the Ozarks Memorial Day revelry with Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms on Monday night, has responded to the coverage with a letter posted on their Facebook page.
The letter, signed by owner Gary Prewitt, is republished in full, below.
May 26, 2020
RE: Memorial Weekend at Lake of the Ozarks
With the recent coverage of the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, especially our venue, we would like to address the following:
1. No laws were broken. Social distancing is not a crime. As stated by the Camden County Sheriff: “Camden County is a tourism-driven economy and each business is working hard to follow the state’s guidelines and protect their patrons and staff. Those who frequented the businesses, bars, and restaurants at the lake this weekend made a conscious decision to attend each event and frequent each location. It was the right and responsibility of each individual who made those decisions to access the risks inherent to those decisions.”
2. Non-contact thermal checks were conducted at both entrances to the pool by medical staff hired for the event. This upset many customers, however it was an additional layer we chose to implement. Anyone with above a 100.4 temperature was refused entry.
3. Personal bottles of FDA-approved hand sanitizer were made available for free to all attendees upon entry and for the duration of the event.
4. Despite false reporting, the name of the event “Zero Ducks Given” had absolutely nothing to do with the pandemic situation. This is the third year of the event series that takes place on each holiday weekend.
5. Unfortunately, our business is seasonal and nearly a third of our season has already been lost. The initial shut down has already had a tremendous impact on many of our staff and their families. All staff were given a choice of whether they wanted to work without any negative consequences if they chose not to.
We understand that there are many emotions and feelings involved on every side of the pandemic situation. Any hateful messages attacking our business, our customers, our staff, or other businesses in our community will not be tolerated and removed from our social media. For our loyal customers who stand in support, thank you. For customers we may have lost, thank you for your previous patronage and we hope to win your business back in the future. We stand by our decision to move forward with Memorial Day Weekend plans. We love our customers and will continue to do our best to provide delicious food, drink, and entertainment at Backwater Jack’s.
Gary D. Prewitt
Backwater Jacks Owner
Just to set the record straight.