RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Upset over the recent police shootings Joi Donaldson, a young black woman felt compelled to do something.
So, she organized a rally in Richmond’s Monroe Park to show solidarity and “also to bring awareness to so much police brutality that is happening in our community.” She explained, “I did this specifically off of a Facebook post that was shared and went everywhere.”
Hundreds gathered for the rally and the crowd was very diverse, just as they hoped. “Yes, yes, that’s what we wanted,” said Donaldson. “We wanted diversity!”
Stephen Linkous, a young white man who attended the rally, said he felt the issue of race is often ignored.
“It’s been brushed under the rug for a long time,” he explained. “I think the recent incidents of police brutality has really brought it to light.”
Linkous also added that, “it’s important now that everyone takes a stand against it (racism).”
“This shows that people care and it takes one voice. And if that one voice continues to speak to other voices, and if those other voices talk, then it matters,” said Donaldson.