Thoughts

Palmer BLM Protest

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“Use your white privilege in a positive way.” – Myah, 2020 Colony High School graduate

“I don’t want to make light of cyber-bullying, but I’m gonna cyber-bully you if you don’t vote.” – Eden Johnson, 2020 Chugiak High School graduate

“You know we need change when people are afraid to come out here.”
– Reggie Drummond, Valley resident

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I saw several Alaska State Trooper vehicles, but only two Palmer Police Department vehicles that day. One was black, unmarked, so I’m not certain it was PPD.

“Cowardice is compliance and ignorance is not bliss.”
– Elena, 2020 Mat-Su Career & Technical High School graduate

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“You’re a traitor!” a young, white, male protester yells at another young, white, male driving a white truck flying some kind of confederate flag (not pictured)

After acknowledging that the protest occurred on Alaska Native Lands:
“We pause to also acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal of the many Ahtna and Dena’ina Athabascans that occurred.”

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Eden Johnson, on use of the N word and how she was treated in school

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“I hated myself and my hair.”
– Elena, 2020 Career Tech grad, talking about middle school and/or high school

Call and response for “Say Their Names”

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“This is a march for remembrance and for change.”

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“I’ve never seen — I mean, who’s seen Palmer like this?” – white, male protester

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Desmond David-Pitts, of Anchorage, leads the second wave of protesters across the street (I think this was the start of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” call and response).

After the march

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Have you tried turning the system off & back on again?

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No justice, no peace

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Destinarie (and friends) asked me to take their picture before I left at about 2:45 p.m.

 

Additional videos were recorded but were too large to include in this post. Please let me know if you have any questions about the event.

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