“I am out here to show my family and friends that I support them. I have never been scared to be pulled over at a traffic stop. I don’t want them to be either. We all work, pay taxes, and fight in wars. We want the same things for our families. Some of us have the same man problems. The George Floyd video made me sick to my stomach. We have to do better.”
“I am trying to peacefully protest without ruffling too many feathers on the conservative side of the family. Our voices as white women need to speak out. I went to college in Florence and was friends with a large black man. Every time I was with him, police officers stopped him. I was in the car in the parking lot with him behind the dorm one night and a cop stopped to ask if I was okay, disregarding my friend. He stopped us a second time to question us further. After my friend dropped me off and drove back home, the officer stopped him and did all kinds of crap to him. They would never do that to me. Some white people don’t want change because the system is working for us. We don’t think of how it is working against black people. I don’t know if I would have believed the killings if I didn’t see them happening on video. Once you see it you can’t ignore it.
I am new to this area and have never protested before, but I had to get out today. This is from a sign held during an MLK march. It says, ‘We live in a world where trained cops can panic and act on impulse, but untrained civilians must remain calm with a gun in their face.’ It is still relevant today and shows that not all changes have been made in the right direction. I want to create a better world for my daughter and all children. I want to show Nora it is our responsibility to stand up for each other. I got her a shirt that says ‘The Future is Female.’ I wish there was more I could do. What else can we do? How do we want to shape our future? What future do I want for my daughter?”