It's a real tragedy that our nation is experiencing such violence within our borders and against one another. The Black Lives Matter movement is important for everyone to be aware of regardless of your politics or beliefs. On Saturday, July 9, we had dinner in Georgetown, a neighborhood of Washington D.C. (more on that here). We headed down M street, when 6 police cars raced to the intersection of M & 31st to block traffic. Curious, we watched and listened to 3 extremely badass DC Metro officers handle traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian.
Then, we heard chanting and whispers of the word "protest" from other pedestrians. Soon enough, we saw several hundred protesters marching down M street with signs saying "Stop the war in Black America" and "It is right to rebel." It was a peaceful and powerful protest and I was proud to be a witness. While the majority of the protesters were there within their full rights and were there to educate the public on police violence, there were others who were blatantly targeting Caucasians spewing hate speech. That aside, the police, who were from many diverse backgrounds, kept their eyes on the crowd and on the rooftops. These same police who are the subject of police violence and race relations were respectful and gave the protesters plenty of room to speak their message.
Black Lives Matter
Overall, the Black Lives Matter movement, while misconstrued by some, is not an anti-white movement. This protest was full of hope and empowerment, while being unapologetic for the thoughts, opinions, and emotions expressed by supporters. People from all backgrounds support this movement and I encourage you to talk about it with someone. Ask questions, get opinions from others and use that information to formulate your own thoughts. One of our rights is the ability to peacefully protest and it was overwhelming to see that right being exercised in our nation's capitol.
Thank you to those who stand up and protest. Thank you to those who demand to be heard. And thank you to our police officers who protect us, keep us safe, and allow the people to exercise our rights safely and proudly.