When protests began sweeping Minneapolis in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by US police the politicians in Minnesota needed an explanation. They decided to blame “drug cartels” and “white supremacists.” The protesters were the opposite of that, they were mostly African-Americans and anti-racism protesters. To discredit them they needed to be labelled outsiders and part of a conspiracy.
What started as largely peaceful protests for George Floyd have turned to outright looting and domestic terrorism in our region. We need you to stay home tonight.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 30, 2020
The approach of Minneapolis to confront the protests by labelling them “domestic terror” and blaming “white supremacists” and “organized crime” set in motion a narrative across the US that sought to distract from the protests by blaming fringe, mostly white, groups. While Minnesota…