In the days after George Floyd died with a Minneapolis Police Department officer’s knee pressed to his neck, thousands of protestors marched onto Sacramento streets, demanding change in a law enforcement structure that disproportionately takes the lives of black people. These protests all took place while a stay-at-home order was in effect, some of them in defiance of a curfew, toward the goal of breaking through systemic racism.
As midtown and downtown business owners swept up broken glass and covered their storefronts with plywood, some of the boards started sporting words and images meant to support the protestors’ cause. It makes one wonder: Have the winds changed? Is there a new sense of hope this time?