Several hundred people marched from Five Points (the center of New Bern’s black community) to Union Point Park, near where the city was founded in 1710, in a continuing and so far peaceful demonstration against racism in the United States.
Like others around the world, the demonstration in New Bern was in response to the slaying of George Floyd by Minneapolis, MN, police on May 25. If you don’t know who George Floyd is by now, you seriously need to get out more often. And if you don’t think racism is a problem in the United States, then you probably are one.
Another demonstration the week prior started at Five Points and ended in front of City Hall in Downtown New Bern.
Both protests drew hundreds of protesters, but the Sunday, June 7 protest appeared to be double in size or more.
Though the event was organized by both blacks and non-blacks, blacks led the protest Sunday, while most of the protesters were not black.
In a way, it represented the movement across the nation, where whites are speaking out against the systemic and societal racism that has plagued the nation since 150 years before it declared independence.
Important to note: All protests in the United States over the George Floyd slaying have been peaceful, unless provoked by law enforcement or by President Trump himself. Riots and looting have also occurred, and while they may be due to anger welled up over lifetimes because of (or in some cases in defense of) racism, they have nothing to do with the protests that have taken place.
Here is a New Bern Post video of the June 7 protest at Union Point:
And here are some pictures (Credit: Mark Foster):