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Demonstration in Superior calls for end to injustice

Demonstration in Superior calls for end to injustice

Emily Ness
Updated: June 04, 2020 10:27 PM

During a powerful demonstration on the steps of the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior Thursday, protestors called for an end to injustice once and for all.

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“Make no mistake about it. We are going to spread love and we are going to do it in a peaceful manner, but we are not going to shut up” Stephan Witherspoon, President of the NAACP said. “I want to show love and respect and to our white allies. Speak up and speak out when we’re not there."

Kim Young, a local community activist spoke about providing a more equitable and just world for her grandchildren and for all children to grow up in. Many signs at the demonstration flying high mirrored this goal.

“One after another black person being brutalized and murdered—I can’t stand it anymore,” Alice Miller, a demonstrator said. “Take the knee off the neck. Take the knee off all black people’s necks."

Prayer and music were also a part of the demonstration. During this time, a local pastor asked that God be with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

Masks were handed out to anyone who needed them, as well as, an opportunity to register to vote.

“I felt empowered being here. I felt like it may be something that could cause a change. I really did,” Tamara Larsen, demonstrator said.

Following the demonstration, community members took to the sidewalks where they continued to fly their signs high. During this time, a nine minute moment of silence was held for George Floyd. Many kneeled and some some laid on the ground.

“The people driving by—it was nice to see them be so supportive—honking and reaching their hands out the window,” Larsen said.

All of this was to remember a perfect stranger who’s life has changed their lives forever.

"Of course we’re here to support the African American community and always will," Larsen said.

Police were present during the demonstration, but provided people space to express themselves.

Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander released a statement on Facebook explaining officers' role in keeping community members safe prior to the demonstration. Additionally, he released a statement reflecting on the demonstration afterwards. Those can be found here.

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