Solidarity rally held in Lincoln

By: Bill Schammert

Not even 24 hours after a grand jury decided to not indict Ofc. Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, nearly 100 people gathered for a solidarity rally in Lincoln.

Race didn’t matter at the corner of 16th and O Streets as a variety of men and women gathered to show their support for the Brown family.

“We live in a multicultural society,” David Tysdal said. “We have white people, we have black people, we have people of all colors within our society. How we treat everyone in our society affects us all.”

Jeannette Jones helped organized the peaceful rally. She says she wasn’t at all surprised by the grand jury’s decision.

“This is not just something that happened last night,” she said. “This is years and years, legacies of racism in the U.S. that has led to a lot of these moments. Unfortunately, people’s lives are at stake.”

Jones says it’s tough to watch the scene from Ferguson, Mo. on television, but the only way to change attitudes is to have an open and honest conversation about race.

“Yes I’m disheartened to see that kind of violence and destruction,” Jones said. “But, we also understand there is something more at stake than whether a building gets burnt down.”