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On Sunday, June 7, I awoke to what I believe was my parents’ political awakening: for the first time in their lives, they wanted to go to a protest.
My parents have never felt moved to protest. They have had the privilege of never needing to march for their own rights, for their own lives, neither have I, and because of my fear for them catching Covid-19, I hadn’t broached the idea. We had been having a lot of family conversations that week, discussing how to do better moving forward. My mother, unbeknownst to me, had taken it upon herself to follow @blmlosangeles, and felt called to action when they advertised a march on June 7th in Hollywood. They didn’t ask me if I thought we should go, they merely invited me to go with them, they had decided to go regardless.
However, their determination did not make them immune to concern. My parents had plenty of worries leading up to our arrival, though they were all painfully first world problems. They were gravely concerned about where to park, and whether or not it was silly to find a paid lot to park in prior to protesting. I reassured them that no one had a preference on where they parked. My mom fretted over what her sign should say, analyzing her newfound allyship again and again. We eventually settled on her holding off on the sign making until she determined what she wanted to say.
With Covid-19 still a plotline in what feels like the worst season of our Black Mirror reality, we donned masks and sunglasses, caking sunscreen and hand sanitizer atop any exposed skin. We had all been isolated at our house for 3 months. The only other people we had seen were in passing at the grocery store or neighbors from our front porch, and then suddenly, we were immersed in a throng of 3 months worth of people.
Being isolated from the rest of the world had also meant being largely isolated from witnessing the good of humanity. Footage of prior protests I had seen online failed to highlight how many free water stations people are setting up, how many people are passing out snacks, sanitizing people’s hands from their open car windows. I was taken aback by the outpour of kindness, of organization, the sense of community. I have been to protests before, but the strength in the streets that day is something I had never seen.
My parents and I marched together, with thousands of other peaceful protestors. Shouting the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. The grief, outrage, and resilience in people’s voices bellowed into the air, it was a privilege for my parents and I to be there and bear witness to it. After months of quarantine, being there to add our voices in support was worth the health risk. Covid-19 is the second largest public health threat to our society, but racism is the first.
My family and I have a long way to go, and a lot to learn about how to best be allies for the black community. And us going to one protest really changes nothing, but if this moment can move my parents to protest for the first time in the middle of a pandemic, I can’t help but think that it will move us all to wake up.
Danica Creahan is a student of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University and Intern at AfterBuzz TV with a passion for story-telling and rewatching 90’s TV shows.
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