“Many Hmong business owners across the Twin Cities were gearing up to finally reopen as the government loosened pandemic-related restrictions. And then George Floyd was killed by then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. In the events that followed, many Hmong-owned businesses in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul were looted.
As it tries to rebuild, the Hmong community confronts extra barriers to overcome, including many of the same kinds of economic and other disparities faced by Black Minnesotans. For instance, 26% of the Hmong population lives in poverty, compared to 9.5% of all Minnesotans, 28.2% of Black Minnesotans and 19% of Latinos.”
Posted by the Minnesota Informer.