Amid peaceful protests, some racist individuals are attempting to hijack the movement by spreading messages of hate and violence under the guise of Black Lives Matter. Not only does it create an incorrect image of the organization, it attempts to take away from the message advocates are trying to relay. But protestors, volunteers, and activists alike refuse to let that happen.
As protests continue across the country following the violent death of George Floyd, many protestors are coming together to rebuild and clean up destruction caused by looting, arson, and vandalism. Volunteers across the country came together peacefully to clean up following a weekend of protests in order to make sure the movement and its message are not tainted or defined by violence and destruction.
“So many people were worried that the message was getting lost in the violence,” Justine Sandoval, president of the Denver Young Democrats told The New York Times. Sandoval organized a cleanup event on Sunday in Denver. “They want to show up and say, ‘These protests are important, but we’re going to be there to pick up the pieces afterward,’ ” she said. “It felt good, because we want to keep this conversation going.” Sandoval added that cleaning up does not mean the fight is over. “It still doesn’t erase the fact that we’re fighting, because black people are being killed by the police in this country,” she said.
Photos of the violence remind us of the importance of addressing issues of race and equality. These photos remind us of community strength and rebuilding.
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