Human chain protest in downtown Raleigh
Members of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church planned to join with protesters to create a "human chain" of up to a mile long - from the church on Hillsborough Street to the North Carolina State Capitol. Organizers called for 350 people, standing 15 feet apart, holding signs in silence.
you guys find a little shade? That's good. It is hot out here by phone. Hey, how are you? Thank you. Just what you do know we're streaming live on the air Just keeping you aware that So I want to show you this is a human peace chain. There are 350 people. They are along Hillsborough Street and they are spaced families air spaced about 15 feet apart all the way from pull a Memorial Baptist Church right here and they go all the way to the capital. This is an event that's lasting from 12 to 1. Each of people out here have a sign to express their feelings about this issue, about what's going on in our community, about racism, about their concerns, for the people who have died. And they wanted to do this. Today, members of the faith community to basically model, if you will have their voices heard, but in a very peaceful way. They're obviously distancing. Originally, they were going to have 200 people 30 feet apart, but they had 350 Sign up Temple Beth or Rabbi Lucy. Dinner is also involved in this, and you can see why variety of signs here, everybody kind of brought their own signed to the event. You see, um, people driving here on Hillsborough Street beeping and, you know, waving out the window in support of these folks. And Reverend Nancy Petty said she really wanted to do this. She in downtown, peaceful events and then also seen when those events turned and changed into something else. Usually she left at that point, and she said she just was trying to figure out you know, what in the faith community do to show their support in a peaceful, nonviolent way, and they came up with this idea and again they had a large number of people sign up here. Witness the signs. I asked her about how some of these protests had turned violent, and she said that you know, she believes in Nonviolence. She understands the anger, the frustration, the pain that has led to the violence. But again, she believes that this is a way to have your message her to have your voice heard. And that's why she organized this event, along with Temple Beth, for today, to again bear witness to their concerns to their feelings. to stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters. I also asked her about business is about what do you think about the businesses that have been damaged? And she said again, she doesn't condone it. She understands the anger. But what she would like to see is the city step up and say, Hey, what can we do to help small businesses who have already been hurt by Covic and now this? And what can we do to help rebuild them on what can we do as a community, not just physically help but to support them, to patronize them and help them? Given the situation they've been in, of course, we've had pretty peaceful and that's that's been a good thing. So ultimately, um, hope is that they will continue to be peaceful and they will continue to be events like this where people are sharing their opinions, their views quietly, peacefully. I'm not necessarily always quietly but but in a way that isn't disruptive. The daily life here but is productive in a way that, you know, people will hopefully received. This message is what they're hoping we'll have more on this later. Yeah, No one. Okay. Thank you. though they haven't called for us. Other Okay, People walking. I mean, we're going to get their way before one, but that's a good Oh, I guess we could get more interviews they're not calling for. I suspect she takes us. It'll be, like, 12. 30. Okay. Describe a few people that know whatever called Sorry. You had a sign with a little kid. Oh, yeah. Hey, there. How are you? Right. Hey there. How are you? Good. Can we talk to you for a minute? Okay. Let me get your name. Monday's full. Rick. Cheryl, how do you spell your last name or a K S t r E w? I just started rolling. My name is Paul. Rick. Cheryl. I'm out here today because my family has a long history of civil rights. My granddad was part of the civil rights movement, and I think we should we stand up immunity today instead of being separated. And so I'm here today because we should be standing guys one. And I'm looking at all these people honking. I feel I feel strength inside of me. No. For once in our in my life, I feel like the whole world is one. How old are you, Paul? I'm 15. Wow. Good for you. Can I get your last name Break? Sure. Or a K E A S T or a w. Okay, great. Thank you. Paul, You have a good day. Why don't we talk to some of the people in the shade? Yeah, because it's high and they have a nice spot. Hey, guys, how are you Without with interviews and people in the shade way talked. You guys. Okay, great. Let me get your name. Hi, I'm Jimmy. Can you spell your name? T R s H A J a M E. And these are my daughters, Maya entire and my husband. Hey, how are you guys? We're good. We're going to this area from Chicago. My dad was a Chicago Sun Times photographer, and I grew up in the sixties in a very racist neighborhood. And a lot of things I'm seeing on TV bring back some of those memories. Um, I just I'm a white ally. The field. It's really time to, you know, for white America to see disparity and of the experience of black people in America and not be defensive about it. It doesn't mean you have a racist hurt. But just by being weight, we have privilege and Jim and I, you know, we are people who can understand being in that white umbrella and really just ignorant, not unkind. But as the parents of these beautiful girls, we embarked to educate ourselves over. The girls have been with us since they were babies. You know, we've learned the conferences about ages and black history, white fragility and white privilege. And I remember going in feeling like I'm not racist. I have to bluff daughters, you know, And then you start to learn and you realize, Oh, when I go to a store, I see images that look like my child, and I don't have boys that I have to give the talk to so that they can be safe. I was in the car with a black friend when I got pulled over for speeding and my purse was in the trunk and I started to get out of the car thinking nothing of it. And she jumped under the dashboard and was physically afraid and screamed. Are you trying to kill us? And so there the beautiful, peaceful protests that have been going around the country during the day are really driven by the black lives, matter people and my heart breaks her. Whoever these fringe people that seem to with some organization, be stirring up the violence and then hijacking the message that needs to be heard, you know, and I feel for the people that have had property damage. But he also those caps that are good caps because this has to be heard. But it's time to step up, and tonight, you know, to report each other, it's time to vote. It's time to change laws to change our very broken criminal justice system and to dismantle the systemic racism that we are living in and to do it with kindness and white people need to educate ourselves, not accept our black brothers and sisters. To do that, to show up and not talk over Lake Peters. But to stand with it is white that no more to share that story and that narrative with our brought white brothers and sisters. So when we talk to your daughters, you guys are you. Can I get your name? Taya. Najimy. How do you spell your name? T y a a J m i e. Okay. My after me. M i a. And how would you guys? 17. Okay. Oh, I have a 17 year old. So, um, why is it important to be out here with your family? We just think it's ridiculous how people of color treated and we want to change that. Yeah. And like you get to spend time together here and bring awareness. And And you like the idea of this event or peace chain? Yes, because obviously we've seen some negative stuff too. We've seen violence, and I mean, how do you reconcile that? Atar, right? I mean, that's not what we encourage by any means. We're trying to be peaceful and just bring awareness. I'd agree with that. Thank you, ladies. You got the coolest spot say, for being here. Thanks for your time. You want to get video way? Yeah. This is live. It'll be on later, though. It will be on it four and six parts of it and then will be posted on the Internet. Oh, well, thank you. You're so thank you. Oh, sorry. Thank you. Take care there. Are you guys good? Do you want? Okay, we will. I'd love to hold on one second Change after next may be the only way to recover all the money you need to cover the cost of your injury offer with experience and race. Yes, I'm sure. Hey, guys, tell me your name. My name is Benjamin Watson. Okay. In your name Benjamin Kaufman. I felt that your last ko ch mn And how would you guys, I'm 18 years old, okay? You high school students are, uh 2020. Let's go for you. Did you graduate from brought in high school? Tell me why you're out here today. We're out here today to protest the injustice and violence that we've experience. And we're here to stand alongside the black community in their fight against oppression and violence within the police system as a whole. And what do you think about? You know, obviously there have been some violent protests, uh, riots. And this is a this is called the peace chain. Do you think this is a more effective way to get some some attention? I think this is very effective. Splitting us apart allows us Teoh, really? Actually, with the Corona virus concerns, that's really the biggest thing that I think this is hopeful for. And it allows us to lengthen out the protests that everyone can truly see all the way down to the Capitol building. And it seems like you're getting a lot of positive feedback from the drivers. Yeah, I love it. Shows that, you know, what we're doing is making a difference in that people really care. And that this movement is really gonna make change. Thank you, guys. Stay safe. Take care. Yeah. So my phone is not working at all. It's too hot. So I have not been able to reach Madeline. They haven't. I only said Yeah, right. If you want, it's okay, cause it's got my eyes big. You could be. We're trying to tell. I'm just trying toe Amanda's phone. Got too hot. So she she, uh it's not working right now, so she couldn't talk to her and she can hear. Anyways, I don't think unless you get to cool down isn't working here. Yeah, it is. It's just wonky. No. And I keep racing things and keeps coming back. Sure. I'm listening. I got them. She She says she has him now. Her phone just wonky but I'm on good and solid. So if there is, something needs to be said. Just get to me, Jamie. I may get a few other interviews just for the stream way. Talk to you for a minute. Great. For although this guys are get a better interview. Okay, if he doesn't want to, I will. But he's probably a better Hey, how are you? Good. So you are the youth pastor on the Children's minister. And where that would shirt pulling. Can I get your name? I'm sorry. Yeah, You know what? We're down with that. Let's just say it is good the old fashioned way. We've got masks. OK, tell me your name, sir. Tom at CEO. Okay. You okay, Tommy, Tell me why. It's important to be out here today. I'm here, especially tomorrow. Rise. Who is a kid playing on the playground. And he got shot by a policeman thinking he had a gun which he had a BB gun and was shot and killed on a playground. As a Children's minister, I think about all our Children especially those who who are systemically, who are looked at in a different way. And it's made me think a lot about our kids and our and and all our all our people are our community. In this time it's not fair. And so I'm here to stand up for what's right and what is fair for all people. What's interesting I've noticed on this route is a lot of young people. I mean teenagers who feel very strongly about this. Do you think there is a strong youth contingent who are who are feeling very strongly about the situation in Wana? Wana. Have a voice. I know there are touching base with our families with Children there there, there's a a big conversation going along about about that and their families. So yes, I think there is very, very powerful. What's happening now that there's that greater voice is being spoken for those who who are marginalized and looked at in a negative way by some people in our are not all people that some people in our country so so I think our young people are standing up to, uh, fighting against racism and that's what we want to dio. 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