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Protesters denounce racism, violence

Protesters denounce racism, violence
Protesters denounce racism, violence
A protester holds up a sign during Sunday’s peaceful protest in front of the Harrison County Court House. Photo by Wade Bell
Wade Bell, Contributing Writer

About 100 protesters lined the sidewalk Sunday afternoon in front of the First State Capitol Building and beyond in Corydon in a peaceful protest. The protest was against racism and violence that has taken place recently, particularly the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor at the hands of police.

The protest started at noon and lasted until 2 p.m. with no incidents. People of all ages, including young children and the elderly, lent their voices to the cause.

The death of Floyd was particularly disturbing for some.

“I felt particularly enraged that it took people going to the streets for the officer to be arrested,” said one protester who chose not to give her name. “Nothing seems to have changed in the investigation between the day before and the day after. It seemed people taking to the streets is what pushed it. It doesn’t seem like there’s equitable treatment among police that violates the law. It seems like the police have too much power over general citizens in this country.”

“Breonna Taylor was murdered by the Louisville police,” she said. “They showed up at her house with a warrant for a man … They didn’t identify themselves; they were in plain clothes. Her boyfriend opened fire to protect them and they shot and murdered her in their own home. There still hasn’t been an arrest in that case.”

A second protester, who also chose not to be identified, said incidents like these two are becoming more commonplace in today’s society.

“Every city in the United States has stories similar to this again and again, and some of them are high profile and they make the national news but many of them don’t,” she said. “But, it’s a treatment that black and brown people in this country have come to expect. That, in itself, is tragic.

“So, I think with white people in this element of privilege of society that at least the color of our skin doesn’t make our lives anymore difficult than it needs to be,” she said. “It’s not a matter of saying white people are privileged and their lives are easy. That’s not white privilege. It’s just that the color of our skin doesn’t make our lives any harder. So, it’s the least we can do to come out here, and there’s tons of other things to do over and above this.”

Dozens of motorists blew their horns as they drove past the protesters in support of the protest during the two hours.