Tenth day of Columbia protests marks two weeks since George Floyd's death

1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago Monday, June 08 2020 Jun 8, 2020 Monday, June 08, 2020 8:59:00 PM CDT June 08, 2020 in News
By: Stephanie LaChance, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA — Two weeks after the death of George Floyd, protests are happening all over the country. Monday marked Columbia's tenth day of protests.

Jacquelyn Watts organized Monday night's protest and said she is not only doing it for herself but for her kids. 

“It is draining when you have to teach your children to fear everybody,” Watts said.

Three of her kids were with her at the protest and she said she's had to teach them some hard lessons.

“I have to teach them to fear everybody to be leary of cops, to be leary when we go somewhere and it is predominantly white people that are probably going to be racist," Watts said.

She said she and others are making sure there is a protest going on every night. 

Gary Lewis, another protest organizer said this is going to go beyond just protesting and that they are going to need to find solutions. 

"One of the solutions is we wanna find something to do for the kids because they are the next generation."

Lewis said they want to continue to make these protests peaceful. 

"When you look around the world everything that is going on it's crazy," Lewis said.

He said the protestors there don't have intentions to destroy their community. 

"This is where we live at, this is our home."

But for now, Watts said they need to protest til they see a change. 

“It is not the world I want to live in and it is not the world I want my kids to live in.”

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