The Black Lives Matter contingent is at it again. This time they are planning a protest outside the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Their beef? They claim that minority vendors are being discriminated against and not enough of them are being awarded space to sell their wares during the fair.
The Minnesota State Fair Board is responsible for taking applications and awarding vendor space. Being able to sell at the State Fair is a highly prized outlet for vendors. There are a limited number of spaces available each year and it can take years of applying every year to finally win that space. Some have applied for 10 years or longer before being accepted.
I found the downloadable application at the State Fair website. It is a standard form. Photos of the products and booth set-up are required. So is proof of having previously sold at other fair venues, such as county fairs. In other words, vendors need credentials to qualify.
Nowhere on the form is the question of race addressed. This has nothing to do with race and everything to do with the quality of the product being sold and the appropriateness and curb appeal of the booth design and the previous experience of each vendor.
Our governor weighed in saying that tomorrows protest was inappropriate. If this group had complaints, they should have taken them to the Fair Board months ago.
In my opinion these protests are not about racial inequality, but are all about causing trouble. I don't know about anywhere else, but here the citizens are getting a little tired of it all. I think that about 11 AM tomorrow when this protest is due to begin, I will turn on the scanner and set it for Ramsey County. Should be interesting to see what happens when these fools try to shut down the State Fair, which has a long tradition in Minnesota of being a place to spend an enjoyable day with family and friends.
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