Over 40,000 people marched and rallied against white supremacy in Boston on Saturday. By the time I arrived at Boston Commons with the Fight Supremacy crowd, the original “free speech” event was mostly over. The march I covered was organized by Monica Cannon-Grant and five others, representing Black Lives Matter Network, Violence In Boston, Black Lives Matter Boston, Black Lives Matter Cambridge and The Movement for Black Lives. It took hours to walk from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School to the Commons, since organizers staged frequent breaks to make sure slower walkers could keep up and stay hydrated on what turned out to be a hot and humid day. I saw one woman succumb to the heat. She was helped by street medics and her friends and seemed to be doing all right as I continued on.
Here are videos from before the march started. Organizers express their reasons for holding the march. In addition, at least two candidates for public office spoke.
“We are here because Boston has a racism that has not been recognized. We need to understand. We need to take down the systems of oppression that keep many of our black and brown people down. We need to dedicate ourselves, apologetically, to this work…”
“Donald Trump said, ‘Make America Great Again.’ Today we are going to make white supremacists go hide again! ” said Karid, from the International Socialist Organization.
Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson (District 7) is running for Mayor of Boston.
Angie Camacho is running for Tito Jackson’s council seat.
“Listen,” said Monica Cannon-Grant, one of the principle organizers of the event, “We’re not standing for it. I said it on the news, I meant what I said and I say what I mean… We’re not going to have [white supremacy] in our city. Not in Boston. Not in Roxbury. We’re not having it.”
We know, said Future, “that since they have been growing together, these alt-right, these white supremacists, they have been growing together since 2009. We know that they currently have a President in the White House that emboldens them. They grew in numbers before hand but now they’ve grown in power…”