More than two dozen demonstrators descended upon the Dupont Circle fountain this afternoon to call for action against police brutality and racism in the wake of recent police-involved shootings that killed two black men.
Outraged by this week’s shooting deaths of 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Louisiana and 32-year-old Philando Castile in Minnesota, the protesters marched around the fountain and held signs that read: “The whole damn system is guilty” and “Enough!!! Black Lives Matter.” They also chanted: “Stop killing black people!” and “No justice, no peace. No racist police!”
At times, motorists drove by the demonstration and beeped their horns as a sign of support and some drivers encouraged the protesters to keep chanting.
“The protest is a coalition of different grass roots organizations, non profits and people who feel the system needs to move beyond just reforms at a governmental level,” protester Joseph Gaylin told Borderstan. “We need to work with people.”
Demonstrator Simone Christian added: “This is about treating all people equally, like it says in our Constitution.”
Tem Ra, another protester, said Americans need to have “a real conversation about white folks and black folks and how racism started.”
“When you’re looking at racism, you’ve gotta go to the core of where it started at,” he said. “All this stuff that’s happening in the cities now is just Band-Aids. But how do you solve the core racism?”