If only these protesters at the Minnesota Timberwolves games cared about Philando Castile and George Floyd as much as they care about chickens


Animal rights activist Zoe Rosenberg is removed from court in Minneapolis.

Animal rights activist Zoe Rosenberg is removed from court in Minneapolis.
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In Minnesota, chicken lives are more important than black lives.

In recent weeks, animal welfare activists have disrupted three of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ playoff games in two cities to raise awareness of the serious poultry issue. In a state where its professional basketball team is making only its second postseason performance since 2004, activists have decided to use this stage to draw public attention to a cruel and unjust system that (see notes)… .chickens mistreated.

“For (Glen) Taylor and other extremely powerful factory farming businessmen to receive these taxpayer bailouts goes against the values ​​of ordinary Americans.” Direct Action Everywhere media contact and activist Matt Johnson said. Animal rights activists want the Timberwolves owner to step down and donate millions as they are upset he owns a factory farm that caused an outbreak of bird flu in chickens in March. Because of this, more than 5 million birds have been killed by a ventilation shutdown that the group believes is inhumane. “Taylor should set a strong example by retiring from NBA ownership, refusing to accept subsidies related to the HPAI outbreak, and donating funds previously received to help repair some of the damage to the world’s most destructive industry.” “

So far, protesters have attempted to tape their hands to the square, chained themselves to the basket support and attempted to run onto the square.

Where were these people when Philando Castile and George Floyd were killed by police?

I’m guessing her death wasn’t “inhuman” enough to warrant such action.

Working for change has always been and always will be a constant struggle. But far too often there is a particular group that many people are not fighting for. And that group is black.

Because you know what’s worse than bird flu?

A systemic and racist system that allows the police to do what they want with black bodies.

Misconduct by the Minnesota Police Department started long before Taylor ever bought a chicken farm or we knew who Floyd and Castile were. Corresponding The guarda police chief in the 1980s called his officers “damn brutal, a bunch of knockers,” in one History of the site published last year about decades of police brutality in Minneapolis, which failed to spark reform before Floyd’s death.

It’s the same mindset that led to a former high school football coach getting tons of support. and the US Supreme Court, which is hearing hearings on his case this week, because at the end of the games he knelt in prayer on the field. When black people kneel on soccer fields to draw attention to police brutality, the country’s highest court doesn’t take them seriously.

This is why there was an uproar when blacks dared to say their lives mattered, since so many in white America were trying to hijack this movement to include their lives as if they weren’t the only ones who have ever played a role in this country . This was followed by the police, who stated that her blue life – which is a willful profession, not her race – was important.

And now we’re at a point where some are acting like chickens are more important than the people who eat them. You know, given the old stereotype that all black people like to eat chicken. But the most ironic thing about these protests is that they’re taking place on pitches in a black league that used to say “Black Lives Matter.” only two years ago.

I think that’s why the protesters chose this sport. Because if black lives don’t matter to them anymore, they might as well try to get them to focus on chicken lives.

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