Students walked from local campuses in New York City to Washington Square Park last week for a nonviolent demonstration against racism. This was to encourage students, residents, adults and children to stand up against white supremacy by writing peaceful thoughts with pieces of chalk on the park's pavement.
King’s College students Abbey Jasmine Rose and Felisa Adderley organized the event after the disturbing events in Charlottesville, VA, where violence broke out.
This was a nonviolent gathering for anyone who wanted to come and is a direct resistance against racism in America, especially white supremacy and Nazism. The color of chalk and content of the messages are very stark and were meant to be a bit jarring. It was purposefully nonviolent to foster a sense of unity. The aggression on University of Virginia's campus during the early part of August has taught students a lesson in compassion. People began to write a word, phrase, or draw a picture in hopes of bringing people closer together. It was organized by students because they recognized that they can make a difference in their community. Different races and genders said they feel united, but wish that others would join the fight.
The students hope more events like this will become the norm.