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Black Protesters Voice Frustration with Marchers at Latest Black Lives Matter Protest

Elizabeth Gabriel


For the sixth night in a row, at least 500 people gathered in Eugene to protest the killing of George Floyd. Overall, the protest was mostly peaceful.

Beginning at 6pm, protesters met at the Eugene Federal Courthouse. People of color shared their experiences with racism and police brutality, while others expressed efforts to promote equality.


From there, protesters marched through the city going toward the University of Oregon, down Willamette street, past Kesey Square, and stopping at the Lane County Jail.


While some black protesters have appreciated the support of white community members, others don't agree. Several black protesters ended the night by asking white protesters to be more considerate of their chants—referring to people who shouted George Floyd’s last words—"I can’t breathe"—while dancing at Kesey Square Tuesday night.


Hearing those three words chanted over and over again can be traumatizing and made some black protesters question the sincerity of people’s choice to march. 


Protestors discussed holding another march at the Federal Courthouse today at 6pm.

Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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