This past weekend, I attended the “Justice For All March” in Washington, DC, that was lead by Rev. Al Sharpton. As a self-proclaimed citizen journalist, I found it fitting that I share video, audio, and photos from my experience. Enjoy!
To start off, I want to share my friend’s song called “Aggression.” It perfectly describes the aura exuded from the thousands of protesters that marched on Saturday. Take a listen.
“It’s just my pent up aggression,
even when it’s over and I’ve learned my lesson,
I fucking lose control and let go of my blessings,
is it in my soul or am I just stressing, pent up aggression,
it’s just my pent up aggression.”
On December 13, 2014, I watched as my fellow Americans released this aggression in a positive, non-violent protest in front of Washington, DC’s Capitol building.
Anastasia Mebane, a recent graduate from UNC Chapel Hill and now a high school teacher in Charlotte, NC, shared why she was protesting.
I happened to stumble upon Chris Redd, a comedian, writer and actor from St. Louis, MO, who also shared why he was marching.
It was refreshing to see white Americans acknowledge their white privilege and march among their fellow brown Americans.
“I want to stand in solidarity with all the people who are fighting for justice. I want to move beyond ending oppression and violence against young black men and boys and look at the responsibility of white people…how are they contributing to the system that causes the conditions that lead to this violence in the first place.”
This guy made sure to make one thing very clear: racism STILL exists. He also said something that I thought was powerful: “Cops think they are above the law…they ain’t nothing but criminals with permission.”
I put together a collection of popular chants shouted during the march. Take a listen.
Here’s what Al Sharpton had to say to the people. Fast forward to 3:33 for his list of demands from the American justice system.
“When you bury us, we sprout up and start blocking traffic. Our seed grows into civil disobedience. Our seed grows into non-violence. Bury us if you want, but we’ll grow stronger…” -Al Sharpton
After a long day of protesting, marching on Washington and shedding a few tears, I will never forget the love, strength and camaraderie I witnessed on December 13, 2014. United we stand, divided we fall.