“I just feel like it’s time to hold people accountable. It’s time to hold our actions. No matter the color, the race, it’s just time, it’s past time, it’s just the climate that we’re in, and it’s not going to change, we’re letting up until something changes,” Eugene Smith, the organizer of “The Voice Of,” said.
They also created a list of things they want the government to take action on. That includes consequences for police officers who violate civil rights, reparations, state funding for black entrepreneurs, and defunding the police for other community initiatives.
“Black people around the world, we don’t have anything to show for our success, we have to jump through so many hoops and loops just to get on the same platform as our white counterparts,” another organizer named Sidd said.
“How many people have unjustfully died? Innocent black men and women. Children have died. It’s just time for change,” Smith said.
A last-minute driving protest was planned with dozens of cars driving in procession down Northeast 23rd Street. Organizers say they hope people can come together for bigger issues if they can bond over something like cars.
“Cars is one thing, no matter the age, the race, the gender, male, female, does not matter, everybody love cars, everybody love bikes so we chose this to get everybody out to be a community to show that we can come together, that we can come to a common ground,” Lawayne Chery said.
KFOR reached out to the Governor’s office for a response on the list of actions from “The Voice Of” but haven’t heard back.
Gov. Stitt did hold a roundtable discussion on race this evening.