Monday: Wilmington Rally for Black Lives

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Monday, 6:00 pm at 4th and King Streets
Carpooling available from First Unitarian Church

From Rev. Roberta Finkelstein:

We have learned that there will be a march and  rally to affirm that Black Lives Matter in Wilmington on Monday, July 11th at 6:00 pm.The organizers are working closely with the Wilmington police to ensure a peaceful event, and Chief  Bobby Cummings has said, “Police officers will be there to support and protect demonstrators.”

If you would like to carpool to the rally from First Unitarian Church, meet in the church parking lot (Whitby Road, behind the church) at 5:15 pm.Wear your Standing on the Side of Love gear if you have it.

Rev. Roberta and Barry Finkelstein will be at the rally. As more details become known, we will post them here on the Connector. Questions? Email Jeff Lott.

5 thoughts on “Monday: Wilmington Rally for Black Lives

  1. Jeff,
    I really appreciate you reading my comments and your reply. I would like to point out that 50% of the murders in the US are committed by black men even though they are only 6% of the population. Black men are more than twice as likely to carry a gun than a white man. With these numbers I can see why police are concerned. Are you aware of the new study by the black economics professor from Harvard that determined when it comes to police shooting black men there is NO evidence of racism? Even Jesse Jackson made this comment many years ago, ““There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” Might there be other reasons for aggression in the black communities such as lack of family structure and father figures? How about the culture that exists to not “act white.” Chicago spends more than twice the amount per student on education than Salt Lake City, yet academically the Salt Lake City area scores far better. To me it is not a lack of funds or resources being poured into the black community. It is not some type of institutional racism. While many feel that blacks can’t be racists because they are not the dominant race I say hogwash! Even if you don’t call it racism it is extreme hate and bigotry. I do realize that there are probably some racist officers, but they are very minimal in number. I think the black community would fare far better if they supported the police in their neighborhoods, that would create more stability and safety than antagonizing the police. They need to look inward to solve their problems. What is the black community doing to show the police they are welcoming them?? Since the July 7 shootings of police in Dallas it is now only 13 days later and a total of at least 24 police have been shot, 9 fatally across the country. Survivors have life altering injuries. Most of these shootings were hate crimes. I believe these shootings were fueled by BLM spreading false information about African Americans being unfairly targeted by police. I heard an occasional remark against violence but I also heard more hateful remarks such as, ” a shame that more police weren’t shot and killed.” I don’t see BLM protesting police getting shot. If truly Black Lives Matter means all lives matter why are they still protesting and not condemning the killing of police? I really feel that BLM is a hate group equivalent to the KKK and should be condemned and not supported to bring about further peace and harmony in our racially divided country. I do thank you for reading my posts and your comments are welcomed.

  2. I know you people mean well. However, I view the Black Lives Matter group as a racist hateful group in the same league as the KKK. Nothing about their protests are peaceful. The premise that police kill more black men than white men is false! Statistics show that far more white men are killed by the police. We just never hear about it in the news and no one protests. Also, while more white people own guns than black people the statistics show that a black man is statistically far more likely to carry a gun than a white person. Also, police are far more likely to lose their life to a black man than any other group.These are just facts. Their may be some bad police, but don’t you think your energy would reduce far more deaths of black men if you went into the neighborhoods where they are being killed, like Wilmington, Murder Town USA? Maybe teaching people how to act when approached by the police? Your group is actually dividing our country and not helping save lives of black men that are shot by rogue police. To me, our country has become a tense hate filled place because of the Black Lives Matter supporters dialing back any progress made in race relations by decades. Remember the police protect citizens and help provide stability and safety and without them their would be chaos, every person for themselves. As I mentioned earlier there are some bad police officers, but to me they are a minuscule problem compared to other problems affecting our society and black men. Most of the BLM people say they want justice, but when they get justice such as in the Michael Brown case where the officer was found not guilty and in Baltimore where the officers are being found not guilty, the BLM people are not happy! I personally do not see the love in what you are trying to do, I just see hatred and animosity.

    • Bryan, I was doing a little more research about the numbers of people by race that are killed by police. You are correct that there are far more whites than blacks shot by law enforcement. The Washington Post actually reported on that today in an article headlined: “Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no.”

      Here’s the statistical breakdown from the Post article:

      “In 2015, The Washington Post launched a real-time database to track fatal police shootings, and the project continues this year. As of Sunday, 1,502 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers since Jan. 1, 2015. Of them, 732 were white, and 381 were black (and 382 were of another or unknown race).

      “But data scientists and policing experts often note, comparing how many or how often white people are killed by police to how many or how often black people are killed by the police is statistically dubious unless you first adjust for population.

      “According to the most recent census data, there are nearly 160 million more white people in America than there are black people. White people make up roughly 62 percent of the U.S. population but only about 49 percent of those who are killed by police officers. African Americans, however, account for 24 percent of those fatally shot and killed by the police despite being just 13 percent of the U.S. population. As The Post noted in a new analysis published last week, that means black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers.”

  3. By noon today, we have about 15 people who have said they are coming. We’ll need two or three cars to shuttle us from church to the rally. Email me or leave a comment here if you haven’t said you’re coming. I think this will be a big turnout, judging from all the mentions I’ve seen of it on various sites.

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