While the funds will be going toward helping various businesses da-maged during protests, Johnson said the focus is on helping bla-ck business owners get back on their feet.They had already been ha-rmed by the Covid-19pande-mic, which forced Minnesota into a statewide shutdown for a month.
Then the May 25 death of bla-ck resident George Floyd tri-ggered nights of prote-sts and vi-olence in cities across the country.
Scores of businesses in the Twin Cities — Minneapolis and St. Paul — were da-maged or lo-oted during days of unrest.’When you look at Minneapolis, there is a huge rac-ial gap in basically every aspect of life,” Johnson said.”It’s not equal. We want to be there for bla-ck businesses, especially those that don’t have insurance agents to help them out, to let them know they have people that will protect and fight for them.”
A portion of the money is going toward feeding the community and providing families with resources such as diapers and laundry detergent. The kids are donating some of their funds to Minneapolis’ Sanctuary Covenant Church’s food drive and the Kyle Rudolph food and supply Drive.When the children first came up with the idea, Johnson said he expected them to raise “maybe $50 or something small.” After news of their efforts unexpectedly began to spread, people across the country were donating to the cause.
But that’s not the only imp-act the children are having on the movement.
“Day after day, we’re having impa-ctful conversations with so many people. So many of our community members have come by to drop off supplies, or just talk about things like rac-ism and injustice, stuff that we don’t talk about very often,” Ron Johnson said.”We want to stay in the fi-ght. We don’t plan on giving a bit and then walking away and going about our day. We’re figh-ting for our community and it’s not going to end any time soon. This is a fig-ht for rac-ial equality and an end to police br-utality. It’s something we still need to talk about.”
While America is a long way from reaching true equality, for now, Kamryn and her friends will continue spreading joy by selling bracelets for as long as people are willing to buy them.
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