HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The demand for change and justice comes to a park across from the Wayne County Courthouse. Safety concerns nearly derailed this demonstration in Honesdale, but the roughly 500 who showed up were determined to get their point across.
“You guys love the music we make, you guys love the food we make, you guys love the slang we use and you guys love the clothes we wear. You love our culture. Learn to love us,” said Hanrii Padu, a protest speaker.
“Where I am usually attending protests, I see a lot more people like me. But when I see all of you here, it’s an extraordinary feeling,” said Ariana Hall, a protest speaker.
The shouts for change familiar the past week and a half; all uniting the group in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
“What happened to that man who looked like me, it could have been me, was just the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Zeek Lor, a protest speaker.
Tensions high at times, but remained peaceful. Still, not everyone in the crowd agreed with the message.
“I support them. It’s the first amendment. Everybody has a right to do their protest — to stand with their first amendment and exercise that. That’s great. However, let’s keep it peaceful,” said Cujo Freedom of 3 Percenters Militia.
Music, marching and most importantly — listening to one another. The message grows with the communities supporting change.
“People of color are no longer alone in this fight. Brothers and sisters that are black, white, Hispanic, Asian and everything in between as well as police officers have stood, marched and even keeled in unity,” said Bill Novoa, a protest speaker.