Why, after a black man died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn., did a crowd of mostly young people stand across the street from the Archbold Municipal Building to protest?
They protested because too many times, African American men and women have died at the hands of white police officers. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is a particularly egregious example. For much of the time the officer was kneeling on his neck, Floyd was not resisting.
They protested in front and across from the Archbold municipal building because they were truly upset by this needless death. The municipal building, located on the main thoroughfare, was simply a symbol of authority… any authority. We believe their protest was at “the System,” not Archbold specifically.
They protested in Archbold to show solidarity with those around the country, and the world, who are upset by Floyd’s death.
They protested downtown to let their neighbors, and the world, know this time is different. Floyd’s death can’t be forgotten like yesterday’s news.
They protested on North Defiance Street because they were so upset, they had to do something.
Gathering to peacefully protest is a right in America, guaranteed in the First Amendment (“Congress shall make no law… abridging… the right of the people to peaceably assemble”).
Exercising a right is never wrong.