Thousands of African Americans gathered Saturday Washington near the Capitol, seat of the US Congress, to demand justice when the police killings have rekindled racial tensions. This gathering of men, women and children came from all over the United States is organized on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of “ Million Man March ” aimed at the challenge in 1995 opinion and elected officials on the socio-economic inequalities hitting black Americans.
“Gathering of those who seek justice”
Nation of Islam is the main organization this march. Led by Louis Farrakhan and composed exclusively of black men, it is considered a hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center following the US this type of movement.
“This is not a march but a gathering of those who seek justice,” he told Louis Farrakhan near the steps of the Capitol to the demonstrators. “There must come a time when we say ‘enough is enough’, it must change and we must be prepared to do whatever needs to be done for that to change,” he added. “If we refuse what we precisely due, then you need unified action to force the justice we seek,” he still insisted the black leader.
“Black Lives Matter”
“It was twenty years ago, the death of Tamir Rice (12 years) would go unnoticed, leaving the police lie without the world to know the truth,” also said before him another charge, Tamika Mallory, listing all Black youth killed by police in recent years, as Michael Brown Ferguson (center) and Eric Garner in New York.
These tragic news items inspired a national protest movement under the banner “Black Lives Matter” (black lives count), very present Saturday in Washington. President Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, had participated in the “Million Man March” in 1995 when he was a senator from Illinois (north).
Since the last twenty years the socio-economic conditions of blacks have not improved: the unemployment rate for black men was 8.9% in September 2015, against 8.1% in October 1995. According to the FBI quoted by the media, the number of blacks arrested by the police, however, decreased with 2.5 million in 2013 against 3.5 million in total in 1994, 28% of all arrests against 30.9%.