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Bay Area protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis kept spreading for a fifth day on Tuesday, with thousands taking to the streets in Fremont, Redwood City and San Francisco’s Great Highway, areas not usually at the heart of demonstrations, with rallies also taking place in San Jose and Oakland.
Hundreds gathered in Newark and marched several miles east along Mowry Avenue and through the city of Fremont, stopping for demonstrations in front of city hall and the Fremont Police Department carrying signs that said “Black Lives Matter,” “No Justice No Peace,” and others that demanded justice for Floyd. Among them was Darryl Brandon of Newark, a 54-year-old black man, who came to his first protest ever his wife, who is white, and their two children.
“There’s so much more energy behind it, and I just want to make sure it lasts until the next election where change can be made, where we will see this generation vote with a conscience, remembering what they saw today,” Brandon said.
Large organized protests are rare in Fremont, a large, relatively wealthy majority-Asian suburb in Alameda County. Many of the participants said they were protesting racism and police violence against black people nationally, most recently in the killing of Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer who knelt on his neck for 8 minutes, eventually killing him, and Breonna Taylor, a black ER technician shot to death in her own home in Louisville by police offers who forced their way in with a “no-knock” warrant.
“For the last 15 to 20 years it’s been videotaped, notarized, seen, and it still continues to happen,” Brandon said of police brutality against black people.
C.J. Reed is a 19-year-old African American man originally from Newark and lives in Hayward, and came to protest police brutality, unjustified searches and being profiled “for just looking black,” he said.
“This has been a long time coming for black people and colored people all over the Bay Area, the United States, all over the world, really,” he said.
Kristie, a 21-year-old from Fremont who didn’t want to give her last name, said she came to the protest speak out against more than just police brutality. She was one of several Asian Americans at the protest holding a sign that read “Yellow Peril Stands With Black Power” which she said is a way to acknowledge that without black people who fought for civil rights, people like her and her family likely wouldn’t be living in Fremont and the country today.
“It means making sure you’re cognizant of your privilege as an Asian-American person, recognizing the work that black activists have paved and recognizing our need to continue to stand for the black community and with the black community, and make space to continue to make their voices heard,” she said.
In Alameda County, black families earn a median of $71,800 — compared to a median income of $138,400 for white families and $148,400 for Asian families, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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