Several businesses near the intersection where George Floyd was forcefully arrested last May are asking for financial aid.
The shops, mostly owned by black people, have reportedly been struggling because of the surge in local crime and an accompanying revenue loss.
The hardships were revealed by the GoFundMe campaign some business owners started in order to obtain additional funds to keep their businesses floating.
The reasons for problems lie in the fact that police left the neighborhood after George Floyd’s capture and subsequent death.
The New York Post described the present situation as full of crime spikes and business evaporation.
The intersection is now called ‘George Floyd Square.’
As the GoFundMe webpage indicates, the neighborhood was known as a home of the most successful black-owned businesses in Minnesota and has now become a desolated area that would be eternally remembered for the George Floyd event and the destruction of the city that followed.
The crowdfunding initiators wrote that the fight for justice should not omit the issues of economic justice, which they think was greatly endangered after the death of George Floyd.
The Smoke In The Pit restaurant owner told the New York Post reporters that the local community put him and his business in danger.
Afraid of retribution, the restaurant owner insisted on anonymity, asking journalists to sign him as Alexander W.
The man complained about being left alone without anything to eat and drink, calling out his neighbors for banishing the police and other public services out of the area.
The New York Post article described the intersection as virtually abandoned, with occasional visitors who mainly arrived to take photos near the Cup Foods, where Floyd passed a counterfeit bill before his arrest.
The media outlet wrote that at least five shops were closed due to hardships, while those who are still open refused to provide any public comments, mainly out of fear.
Richard Roberts, a nearby Worldwide Outreach for Christ church worker, said that such emptiness renders the situation both good and bad.
Special rules exist for white people willing to visit the area, particularly at the makeshift memorial of George Floyd.
While everyone is instructed to ‘honor the space and grieve,’ white people are told to also indulge in ‘learning, listening, and mourning.’
White visitors are also encouraged to contribute to the ‘energy,’ being ‘mindful of their movements that might spoil their decentralization from the space.’