Can You Tell The Difference Between the Summer of Love in 1967 Versus 2020 Riots?

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Executive Summary

  • The mayor of Seattle proposed that CHAZ was a summer of love harkening back to the hippies and 1969?
  • How accurate was this description?


In the following video, the mayor of Seattle made her “summer of love” forecast for CHAZ.

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What Was the Summer of Love?

The following quotation provides a synopsis.

The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during mid-1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco’s neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury.[1][2] More broadly, the Summer of Love encompassed the hippie music, drug, anti-war, and free-love scene throughout the American west coast, and as far away as New York City.[3][4]

Hippies, sometimes called flower children, were an eclectic group. Many were suspicious of the government, rejected consumerist values, and generally opposed the Vietnam War. A few were interested in politics; others were concerned more with art (music, painting, poetry in particular) or spiritual and meditative practices. – Wikipedia

The hippies were about peace and experimentation. 

CHAZ looks considerably less peaceful than the 1967 Summer of Love.


I took these photos in Minneapolis.

Previously a Pawn Shop.

Graffiti was somehow equating the killing of George Floyd with white supremacy. They also love “trans” for some reason. George Floyd was not trans. 

Previously a liquor store.

BLM thinks that things would be better without the police. 


BLM and CHAZ don’t appear to have anything in common with the 1967 Summer of Love. As both the protests/riots in Minneapolis and CHAZ had the same organizational support, and the same ideology, it should have been obvious that CHAZ would not be the Summer of Love. In the three weeks that CHAZ operated, the region had the highest violent crime in the US, by many orders of magnitude.