A “woke” community near Minneapolis, Minnesota decided to “check their privilege” by not calling the police to respond to incidents of mental health and drug abuse.
It didn’t take long for this to come back to bite them, however, as their community has quickly become “overrun” by hundreds of transients and homeless people.
The residents of Powderhorn Park, most of whom are liberal white women, recently fought to have their town declared a “safe zone” for the underprivileged, according to The New York Times.
After the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis last month, they pressured locals to agree to a pact not to call the cops or other safety resources if they felt threatened.
In making this pact, the women behind it “promised to ignore any property damage, including to their own homes, and filed for a block party permit to limit cars in the neighborhood,” The New York Post reported.
Instead, they said they would call a community service organization, the American Indian Movement, to handle any of these incidents.
Many of these women are now having some serious regrets about this, however, after seeing what has happened to the park. Once a peaceful and quiet place, it has now become flooded with outsiders, many of whom are on drugs.
In fact, there have already been two overdoses in the park since the pact was put in place. “I’m not being judgmental,” said one resident who will no longer let her children play in the park. “It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.”
A male local said that he has been forced to confront his own “white privilege” after he called 911 on some teenage boys who tried to rob his car at gunpoint.
When he accidentally gave him his house keys, the boys abandoned their attempt and stole another car instead.
Though the man called the police on what he said was just an “instinct,” he now regrets this move, as he believes it could have put the boys in danger. “Been thinking more about it,” the man said.
“I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”
“[I]t was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them,” he continued. “I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”
The park in the center of town now has over 300 residents in the drug-filled homeless encampment that has formed there.
Despite the chaos, this doesn’t bother some of the “woke” local residents who signed on to this pact.
“My feeling around it is those are symptoms of systemic oppression,” one resident said. “And that’s not on them.”