On Sunday, about 30 people gathered at Urbana Regional Library for another Black Lives Matter march through Urbana.

Lindzie Gordon, 17, who helped organize the Sunday protest as well as a prior protest in June, said the organizers felt it was important to meet again because the first two marches and other protests haven’t raised enough awareness.

“These people aren’t understanding,” she said. “We need to use our voices even more and make it even louder so that they can hear it. And it’s really just raising awareness because the most important thing at this moment is educating people.”

Gordon said that not all the feedback received after the June marches was positive, especially online.

“[Our community], is primarily white and with that comes white privilege, obviously,” she said. “I have white privilege just because I’m simply white and a lot of people don’t understand that and that’s where the problem lies. These people who are white, they don’t understand that they have privilege and they’re having trouble coming to terms with the fact that they do have privilege and that these African Americans are systemically oppressed.”

Examples of this oppression, Gordon said, include over policing in Black communities, unfair trials and sentences and several other things white people don’t experience.

“We’ve just been getting a lot of hate with people who don’t approve of the movement, which is hard for us to understand because, you know, we’re educated on the topic,” she said, adding that none of the marches have been violent.

Isabella Lowery, 17, who also helped organize the march said there has been positive feedback from the community but on social media people were angry.

“That absolutely does motivate me, at least, to want to participate more because if we’re facing that kind of feedback and we know that there are still people that have these racist ideals, that shows that we need to protest more, we need to do more,” she said.

Lowery said people need to know that they’re wrong and understand that it’s a privilege not to see racism in society.

“It’s not that it’s not there,” she said. “It’s that they have white privilege. And they need to see that.”

Gordon said she hopes the march Sunday gives African American people hope that people are fighting for change and that they have allies.

“I also hope that the people on the side of the street are understanding that this isn’t over and it’s not going to end and maybe raise more awareness so that they’ll come to the next march and get more people involved,” she said.

By coming out to protests and educating themselves, Gordon said people can influence change in places like the school system, where she said education about Black figures and Black role models is limited.

She said so far the only thing that’s been accomplished in the community is getting people to educate themselves. But that the county isn’t speaking out about enforcing rules about things like discrimination, a problem Gordon said exists in schools and needs to be addressed outside of “anti-bullying” measures.

Lowery said this wouldn’t be the last march and that she wants to keep up momentum as well as have a sense of unity in the community.

“I’m not black myself, but my best friend is and I want to be there for him to support him through all this and I’m sure that’s the motivation for a lot of other people that are here, so just to take away that we’re all in this together,” she said.

Like Gordon, Lowery said she’s hoping for changes in the education system, across the country but at least locally.

“I definitely want to see more about Black history and also current events,” she said. “I feel like people are just scared to talk about things.”

Gordon said police reform and defunding the police are also factors in ending systemic racism, which is the overall goal.

As for the role of young people in the Black Lives Matter movement, Gordon said they’re the future.

“Sometimes people can be stuck in their ways,” she said. “The young people who are straying from, you know, let’s say their family’s beliefs, and coming out and supporting this movement, those are the people that … in 20 years are going to be politicians and going to be in the workforce and we want those people to be educated … and that’s how everything’s going to change eventually.”

Lowery said she feels like the Black Lives Matter movement is predominantly young people and that their parents had the privilege to turn away from what was going on in society, but in the age of social media that’s not a possibility.

“We have to educate ourselves,” she said. “And it’s a decision. It’s a conscious decision you have to make to stay ignorant or do that extra work.”

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(36) comments

Ellenatodd

Our education system has let these kids down ... turned them into bots who are easily influenced and cannot think for themselves. The only people of color they’ve met are professional operatives from Antifa, BLM and other hates groups ... surely no one from the greatest generation.

threecents

OK Boomer

Ellenatodd

Research “Morgan Freeman.”

threecents

How many of these marches do we need? Was this for the people who missed the others and felt left out? I'm all for BLM, but this is also Corona time, which means it is time to stop gathering together unnecessarily.

phydeaux994

I think the sign the kid on the left is holding is one of the best I’ve seen. Out of the mouth of babes. Pay attention to that one.

KR999

Saying they're not trying to start a race war, but end one, is nothing more than a ploy to deflect the blame for when they do start one. And from observing the events of the past month and a half, it sure looks like a race war is in the making.

awteam2000

KR999, who would have ever thought “ 30 white middle class kids” in Urbana would ignite a race war?... Especially after poorly informed vigilantes gathered in Gettysburg over the weekend, packing.

They maybe didn’t get the memo, “Blacks have their place.” In supporting “Black Lives Matter”, even peacefully, enrages others, it makes them unhappy 😞.

The vast majority of protest all over the world have been peaceful Demonstrations. Leading to massive awareness. Racist symbols of the past, are all being removed from corporate logos, sports affiliation, and local and state governments properties without carnage. Yes only symbolic, not addressing the root causes but a start. Good for them. 1 protester or 1,000 protesters, it’s here.

KR999

Well aw, in the first place, 30 white middle class kids? Looks to me like it was a mixed race event and, in the second, I neither said, nor implied, that a race war would start with these kids in Urbana. But when thousands of anarchists run amuck, defacing and destroying symbols that do mean something to thousands of others, those others just might decide one day that they've had enough, and more serious consequences to the destruction rendered by those anarchists may result. Those people who showed up in Gettysburg last Saturday are but a very, very small percentage of the thousands and thousands who are getting fed up with the lawless actions of the anarchists. And they are also a very, very small percentage off thousands and thousands who legally keep and bear arms. Myself included. Just saying.....

threecents

It's comments like that, KR, that keep the marchers going. People like you are egging them on and then complaining that they keep going.

jwhamann

Wow....30 protesters. Call CNN.

KR999

[thumbup][lol]

matts853

So something like 4 kids - 8 year-olds and an 11 year-old here in DC - were shot and killed this weekend accross the country. I’m all for police reform so that people can at least trust the police to treat them fairly and respectfully, but it seems to me the bigger problem is inner city gun violence. The mayor of Atlanta even said something to the effect that if the nation wants to take the BLM movement seriously then black people have to stop shooting up the streets and killing each other. I would be far more supportive and understanding of the BLM movement if the organizers would begin rallying against black-on-black crime within black communities. If people aren’t willing to trust the police and let them do their jobs, then community policing and safety watch groups need to happen. Social reform needs to happen from within, just like police reform does. And for crying out loud, people need to Stop burning down their own businesses. There’s no way police can make arrests for arson, etc. while riots are in progress, but with image technology and such, they need to be knocking on doors after things settle down. If people or their friends who engage in violent protests start getting arrested quietly and peacefully and doing serious time for engaging in violent protests then I imagine they’ll get the message.

mikec

I tend to agree with this. There's been a lot of outrage about police brutality towards black people, and rightfully so. The George Floyd murder in Minneapolis was appalling. I would like to see just as much outrage regarding black on black crime in major cities. It's an epidemic in places like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit...etc, but it's so commonplace that it barely makes headlines and is quickly forgotten.

mrnatural1

mike,

You nailed it with this:

"... black on black crime in major cities. It's an epidemic in places like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit...etc, but it's so commonplace that it barely makes headlines and is quickly forgotten."

Exactly!

Dead is dead, but for better or worse the circumstances matter.

Black gang member kills rival gang member? No doubt their families are upset, but it will barely make the news.

It's the same with most murders, shootings, and deaths in general. Anything commonplace and/or "expected" is all but ignored.

However, when a white (or black) police officer murders a black or brown man or boy, that's news. Why? Because we expect better from our LEOs. It is shocking when cops commit murder.

The same can be said of child molestation. It's always evil, but it's particularly bad when priests do it.

KR999

So, defunding the police is a factor in ending "systemic racism?" What a bunch of naive, brainwashed children.

phydeaux994

CD, nobody in their right mind is going to defund the Police. Stop worrying.

KR999

Stop worrying, fido? I'm not in the least bit worried. I have the means to protect myself and am not adverse to doing so if necessary. But you might want to tell that to little Miss Lindzie Gordon, I was only quoting her (but you knew that, didn't you?) As I said, naive and brainwashed.

threecents

CD, Phy exposed you.

KR999

Is that a fact, three? And just how did fido "expose" me?

threecents

Nobody is declaring an end to law enforcement. You all just using that fear to ignore the calls from BLM for serious reforms of law enforcement.

marinick1

KR999: [thumbup][thumbup]

Reader1954

pants up instead of hands up

Reader1954

pull your pants up like you got some sense and people might start to take you serious

Thewheelone

Reader, am I missing something? I don't see anyone's pants down. I see some young people exercising first amendment rights peacefully, wearing masks and somewhat distancing themselves. What is the real reason why you are so disturbed by this?

threecents

Oh Look. It's Archie Bunker!

BunnyLou

I’d like to know what these young people’s definition of hate is. Is it a difference of opinion or what? In today’s world, it could be anything.

Pisces

Agree

bosco

I doubt if these kids have ever experienced it.[ninja]

Dwasserba

"Gordon said that not all the feedback received after the June marches was positive, especially online."

BunnyLou

What does that mean? Another case of the FNP’s poor reporting.

DickD

Going to a Trump rally and calling everyone names, Bunny!

KR999

Hate couldn't also be holding up a replica of Trump's severed head dripping fake blood, or rioting for weeks after his election, or calling for the blowing up of the White House, could it Dick?

threecents

The term "hater" doesn't really refer to hating. It refers to wanting to marginalize or limit a groups rights due to their color, religion, sexual preference, ...

KR999

So now you've resorted to trying to change the definition of words to suit your agenda. [lol] What will you people think up next?

threecents

KR999, Don't blame the messenger; I am as perplexed as anyone by this switch in the meaning of "hate'. Along the same lines, you may recall that when the BLM movement started, I posted several times that was an awful name choice. I said that people like CD were just going to switch the focus to the name and shout that All Lives Matter, and we would all be arguing past each other about semantics. Vick accused me of being a conservative. [ohmy]

threecents

Needless to say, I was voted down at the "You People" board meeting, where we carefully plot the country's destruction and recruit presidential candidates from Kenya.

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