Taking A Knee
On a rather cool and sunny Sunday morning, well over 100 individuals arrived at Willowbrook High School in the Chicago suburb of Villa Park. They gathered in the parking lot to listen to citizens of the community, school staff, students, alumni and activists speak out against injustice and appeal for a lasting committment to ending the status quo that disproportionately harms African-Americans and their communities. Attendees were also encouraged to continue to educate themselves on institutional racism, to speak out against injustice in their respective family and friend circles, and to commit to voting in the upcoming elections, with an emphasis on making sure to vote in the local races that so often determine what types of policies are implemented close to home. Eight minutes and forty-six seconds of silence were observed, with many taking a knee, in remembrance of George Floyd. A short march and protest was then commenced around the local residential area before returning back to the high school. It was an inspiring event and a fine example of the increasing number of local rallies in recent weeks in the Chicagoland suburbs.
Villa Park, Illinois, USA