Three East End community members — Lisa Votino and Lisa Gagliardo of Southampton and Willie Jenkins of Bridgehampton — are planning a protest slated for Tuesday, June 2, at 5 p.m.
Participants will meet at the Bridgehampton Community House.
The “Justice for George Floyd Protest and March” comes on the heels of the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody on May 25.
Video of Mr. Floyd’s death sent shock waves across the country, sparking protests and riots in many major cities in the ensuing days. One of the police officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s arrest, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder. He and three other officers were fired.
“The world witnessed what happened and we are done with the excuses and constant misdirection of racists. It’s wrong on every level and justice needs to be not only now, but always,” Mr. Jenkins said.
“We will be marching around the town, and we will be laying in the road on our stomachs with our hands behind our backs for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time George Floyd was on the ground begging for his life,” Ms. Votino said.
“I feel moved to this action because enough is enough,” Mr. Jenkins said. “It’s 2020, and merely putting up with racism in any form is not acceptable. We are being unjustly killed at every turn and we are done with it. We will stand united ad peacefully protest and not back down or accept anything less than justice and freedom across the board. This is our country, too, and we will not longer accept the substandard treatment of black people or any other people for that matter. RIP George Floyd.”
Ms. Gagliardo added, “The police in the United States have a long history of violence against and the murder of black people. The recent tragic murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of police officers are yet more examples of this history. As a white person, I believe it is my responsibility to loudly affirm that black lives matter and to stand in solidarity with the uprisings across the country led by black people who are tired of their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends being murdered by police.
“I urge all white people who are outraged by racial injustice to bring anti-racist education to their community, put in work to advance racial justice in their communities, and donate to bail funds or other efforts to support the current protests,” she added. “We cannot wait for another life to be lost to the police or white supremacists.”