On the Scene: Hear from protesters as they march across Lincoln

On The Scene: Hear From Organizers As They March Across Lincoln

 

Pamela Lamb

“I decided to conduct this rally today for the purpose of George Floyd who died last Monday. There’s been a lot of black deaths in the community. Not just in Lincoln but all of over the country. I wanted to put my foot down and be that voice for the people of Lincoln and gather them together so we could be a bigger voice and we could  make a difference in this community.”

“That’s one thing that I hold very true to my heart is making a difference, so I felt like conducting this march, this rally, this protest was the best way to do that, and it’s been peaceful all night. We’ve had fireworks, a little bit of fire hydrants that have blasted, but throughout the whole night has been very peaceful. We started off at downtown, walked around the capitol, walked to the police station, and we walked all the way to O Street all the way by Michael’s, and now we’re walking back downtown. We just want our voices to be heard.”

“It’s hard, it’s really hard. Nobody likes violence, nobody likes death, but we need to stand together to prevent this happening in the future. To prevent hashtags, to prevent rallys, to prevent protests, we need to stand together and we need to unite, and we need to let our voices be heard. Without that, things like that are going to keep happening.”

“People are riled up, they’re ready to go, so they’ll stop when they feel like they want to stop.”

 

Gerald Parker

“I’m inspired man, I’m very inspired to provide change in America. As black folks, we’ve been out here for 300-400 years treated wrong with social injustice. We’ve been to the bottom and we’re coming to the top. We just want to shape the judicial system, it needs to change the laws. We’re tired of being murdered out here. If I do something wrong to you, I got to pay the penalty for it. It’s only right that these police officers when they attack us, when they murder us, when they kill us, and they do us savagely down here, that they got to pay a fair penalty for what they do, for the sins that they commit.”

“The death of George Floyd, that’s all too normal where I come from. Police brutality is something I’m accustomed to. I’m getting tired of getting pulled out of my cars and getting searched. I don’t do drugs I don’t have those things. They always say you got a broken tail light out as a means of pulling you over. I always make sure my tail lights are good so I don’t have those problems.”

“I love how they’re keeping it peaceful. Sometimes people don’t want to listen to peaceful protests. They don’t want to listen to it, but I love the love out here. The generation that everybody makes fun of, the millenials, they’re actually going hard. We always say they’re uninspired, they don’t work hard, but let me tell you about these guys. This group around 16 to 24 year olds are going to make change in America, they’re going to make great change in America. I’ve seen more inspiration out of this group of kids than I’ve ever seen in my life.”

“The youth in this generation is going to bring change to America for all races. For blacks, for mexicans, for natives, for muslims, for jews. Whites already got the white privilege but they’re bringing up everybody else. This whole generation right here for America, the 16 to 24, is bringing change to America like I’ve never seen in my life.”

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