Protests continue in Joplin for third day, residents push for racial equality

JOPLIN, Mo. – With fists and signs raised high, Joplin area residents pushed for equality for the black community.

“Everybody should have equal rights, and black people shouldn’t be treated differently because of our skin color,” says organizer Madison Martin.

It’s the third straight protest to be held in Joplin, fueled by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

“I get scared leaving my house every day. Not just because of the police but from people just out there in the world because they’re so violent and the generation is gonna grow up knowing violence,” says Martin.

Protester Ashley Buckmaster Clark was in Minneapolis during protests there, and says going there made her want to do more in her own community.

“There were small children in Minneapolis with handmade signs. So, first grade, second grade maybe, in their little handwriting that says ‘I don’t want to be scared anymore.’ I just can’t be silent about that anymore,” says Clark.

While they’re speaking out against racial inequality peacefully, they say they’re outraged by not only the death of Floyd, but also others like Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia — which is being investigated as a hate crime.

“They can’t even go jogging. They can’t do these simple little things that I can walk around and do every day because of my white privilege. That’s not right,” says Clark.

“I’m just hoping that one day we will actually be peaceful and have love,” adds Martin.

There are protests planned for the rest of the week.


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