As riots consume the nation in light of the latest black killings by the hands of police. Peaceful protest turned into the rioting and looting.
Target in Minneapolis was amongst the first corporate stores destroyed before the Protesting, rioting and looting began spilling over into other states.
Many are perplexed between the justification of looting versus political due process. Many of whom feel that looting and rioting is the rightful recompense while others feel it sets the cause back, whichever side of opinion you’re on, Target CEO Brian Cornell issued a statement in solidarity of the protests.
Starting with paying all the salaries and benefits of those essential workers employed at The very Target looted.
He penned a letter stating,
“We are a community in pain. That pain is not unique to the Twin Cities—it extends across America.
The murder of George Floyd has unleashed the pent-up pain of years, as have the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We say their names and hold a too-long list of others in our hearts. As a Target team, we’ve huddled, we’ve consoled, we’ve witnessed horrific scenes similar to what’s playing out now and wept that not enough is changing. And as a team we’ve vowed to face pain with purpose,” reads the letter.
Cornell and his Target team have prepared truckloads of first aid equipment and medicine, bottled water, and other essentials to provide necessary supplies during this time.
“We’ll continue to invest in this vibrant crossroads of the Seward, Longfellow, Phillips and Powderhorn communities, preserving jobs and economic opportunity by rebuilding and bringing back the store that has served as a community resource since 1976. In any of our other locations that are damaged or at risk, the safety and well-being of our team, guests and the surrounding community will continue to be our paramount priority,”
it reads. “Target leaders are assembling community members, partners and local officials to help identify what more we can do together and what resources are required to help families, starting right here in Minnesota.”
Read the full statement. Let us know your thoughts.