Minnesota Nice

Minnesota Nice
is sometimes nice. 

Minnesota Nice
is often not nice. 

Minnesota Nice
is our regional social pressure to be quiet, polite, and not draw attention to ourselves.

Minnesota Nice
is smiling at every person we accidentally make eye contact with. 

Minnesota Nice
is “Oop, let me sneak right past ya.”

Minnesota Nice
is apologizing for  bumping into inanimate objects. 

Minnesota Nice
is prefacing every request for help with, “If it’s not too much trouble… No big deal if you can’t.  Don’t worry.  Actually, nevermind; it’s ok.”

Minnesota Nice
is never taking the last slice of pizza, piece of candy, or cup of coffee. 

Minnesota Nice
is the hours-long goodbye. 

Minnesota Nice
is packing up leftovers to give guests, even when they won’t eat it, and never mentioning when they don’t return the container. 

Minnesota Nice
is “Don’t be a stranger now!” 

Minnesota Nice
is stopping to help a stranger dig themselves out of a snow drift. 

Minnesota Nice
is sometimes nice. 

Minnesota Nice
is often not nice. 

Minnesota Nice
is thickly veiling an insult behind a curtain of manners. 

Minnesota Nice
is following up a complaint with, “but don’t worry about it.” 

Minnesota Nice
is labeling every acquaintance as a “friend.”

Minnesota Nice
is never mentioning a “friend’s” faults until that friend has left the room. 

Minnesota Nice
is using excessive amounts of politeness just to gain the higher moral ground over a rival. 

Minnesota Nice
is casually starting a lecture with “I don’t know who did this, but….” in front of the person we know did it, just to make sure they hear us, but to avoid calling them out. 

Minnesota Nice
can sometimes be very passive-aggressive. 

Minnesota Nice
is not, however, literal, physical aggression.

Minnesota Nice
is not violence. 

Minnesota Nice
is not tackling an unarmed man to the ground. 

Minnesota Nice
is not pressing down on a man’s windpipes, ignoring his pleas of,
“I can’t breathe.”

Minnesota Nice
is not suffocating a man to death. 

Minnesota Nice
is not sending a murderer home, to hide comfortably with his family. 

Minnesota Nice
is not appointing armed guards to protect a murderer, hiding safely in his home. 

Minnesota Nice
is not scoffing at the people who protest the murder of an innocent man, calling them “thugs”. 

Minnesota Nice
is not waiting for protests to erupt into riots before finally being bothered to arrest and charge a murderer. 

Minnesota Nice
is sometimes nice.  

Minnesota Nice
is often not nice. 

Minnesota Nice
is never violence. 

Minnesota Nice
never justifies murder. 

#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd


As a Minnesotan, I’m shaken that something like this could happen in 2020, in my beloved “Nice” home state.

Minnesota, we can’t let this happen again. Remember George Floyd. 🖤

3 comments

  1. I loved this, Rebecca. I didn’t know a lot about Minnesota because like you say, they stay under the radar, but you guys definitely have a lot of attention now. There are a lot of cities that I believe you can put in place of there and it would fit. It’s a shame that people are now trying to bring up his record because they are missing the point.

    I hope there is justice and change all the way around and this brings more light on Breona Taylor – another innocent victim. xoxo

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  2. I’m ashamed to admit I hadn’t heard of Breona Taylor until recently. George Floyd really got my attention because something like this rarely happens so locally.
    I’m trying to spend time now learning what I’ve been blind to as a white person, and doing my best to learn and remember their names.

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