Written by: Sarah Chase
Fifty-seven- years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington. Today, protesters took on that same March on Washington formally titled “Commitment March: Get Your Knee off Our Necks” to protest not only the recent police brutality cases, but the ones that still need justice today. Jacob Blake was shot seven times on Aug. 23 sparking more anger in the black community.
The march was organized by the National Action Network and many family members of victims lost to police brutality spoke at the march including Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and George Floyd. The mothers of Treyvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery and Dontre Hamilton also spoke.
Jacob Blake’s father spoke in protest of police brutality declaring that the African American community will not continue to endure the hatred and racism anymore. “We are going to stand up,” he said. “Every Black person in the United States is going to stand up. We are tired. I am tired of looking at the cameras and seeing these young Black and Brown people suffer.” His speech was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The same steps his father spoke on 57 years ago.
Democratic Vice President Nominee, Kamala Harris, tweeted Thursday night her alliance with the march. She claimed that if those who marched on Washington in the 1960’s were here today, they would “share in our anger and frustration as we continue to see Black men and women slain in our streets and left behind by an economy and justice system that have too often denied Black folks our dignity and rights." She continued to proclaim that they would turn that frustration into action.
Lawmakers, such as Texas congressman Sheila Jackson Lee, spoke towards passing laws to combat systemic racism. Congressman Lee asked the crowd “how did this happen?” then answered saying “institutional racism.” Lee urged to support her H.R.40 bill that would address the “fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies...”.
The Black community is calling for equality, change and most importantly justice. Al Sharpton spoke and in his speech stressed the phrase “No justice, No peace” without speaking those words. “Black lives matter,” Sharpton said. “And we will not stop until it matters to everybody.”
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