WOVEN stands in solidarity with the outraged peaceful protesters alarmed by the systematic lethal brutality of police departments across the nation. WOVEN mourns the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade and the many other black people that have been killed by white policemen with impunity because their deaths were not documented. We were shocked to see the police brutality toward journalists even from other countries.
Please allow and encourage the police to march with the protesters. Protesting ranks first among all the freedoms of the Bill of Rights; even over our right to carry arms. This is a critical time to remind the nation that protesting is the highest form of patriotism. The right to gather in large groups ranked number one to our Founding Fathers. They knew that protestors want their country to do better. Police should be protecting the protesters; it is our right under the constitution. Protesters need to be from all walks of life. We need to show the administration and military authority that we now represent a critical mass of lovers of all races here in the United States; that diversity is our strength.
We need to allow this transformation of the country from the dark ages of racism and white supremacy to a nation of lovers of all people. It’s going to take all of us speaking up about the crimes we’ve seen in the past and present. We can no longer be bystanders, allowing our fellow Americans to be murdered in front of our eyes. Ella Baker said, “Until the killing of a black mother’s son is considered just as important as a white mother’s son, we, who believe in freedom, cannot rest.” With that being said, it’s important to understand what Black Lives Matter truly stands for. The purpose is not to exclude but to bring attention to the systematic racism and violence black people are facing. The movement is in no way taking away from the importance of any other race, ethnicity, or gender.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jean R. Fils-Aime, Wicile Joseph, Wilene Joseph, Erik Quiles, Dave Saint-Anne, Reinaldo Sanchez, Diana Wege