Cleveland Indian Community Rallies in Support of Black Lives Matter
Starting at the Indian Cultural Gardens, the group marched, discussed, and took a knee for 8:46 in honor of George Floyd, the Minnesota man killed May 25 by a Minneapolis police officer.
Charesha Barrett from Cleveland was there and says she’s glad Indians and African-Americans have started working together.
“Normally, Asians were considered a model minority and they didn’t ruffle any feathers. Now, people are saying, ‘How can we help those people, such as African-Americans, to push ahead?’”
Attorney Subodh Chandra -- who was on the legal team representing Tamir Rice’s family in its suit against the City of Cleveland -- says solidarity between Northeast Ohio’s Black and South Asian communities is important.
“Our successful existence in this great nation has occurred because we are standing on the shoulders of the sacrifices made by the African-American community.”
The Indians For Black Lives Matter group plans to hold eight events this year to attract 5,000 more people to the movement in Northeast Ohio. They’re also launching a petition drive in support of police reform legislation currently before the U.S. Senate.