BLM Potsdam condemns recent racist acts

Black Lives Matter Potsdam condemns the recent hate crimes in Massena and Canton.

Leaving a noose in the yard of a black family is a clear and dangerous threat. Writing “Die N**” on village streets is a clear statement of malice.

These are just the latest acts of the ongoing racism that exists deeply here in St. Lawrence County. It is past time for this hate that is exposed daily to stop.

We will not be silent; we will speak up. We will fight against this ignorance. Black lives need to be protected not only by law enforcement but also by the community.

White people of St. Lawrence County, you have to step up and protect black people. Stop passing over the racism and ignoring the discrimination, scare tactics, assaults and harassment.

Don’t be afraid to call out your racist friend, family member, co-worker, boss, teacher or classmate. Your silence is not acceptable. Your silence is a big part of the problem.

We invite the good people of our community who condemn this act to join us at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday for the BLM Protect Black Lives March. We will march in peace, against the hate and ask people to stand up as a community to reject all racism. Now is the time to stand and be counted, Massena.

Black Lives Matter Potsdam views silence as complicity, and each of us needs to help our community be a safe place for everyone who lives here, regardless of their skin tone.

Before the march, there will be a Forum on Racial and Economic Justice, hosted by the North Country Poor People’s Campaign, from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Emmanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 39 W. Orvis St. in Massena. The BLM Protect Black Lives March will depart the church following the forum.

Black Lives Matter Potsdam also welcomes you and your family to join us at our daily socially distanced rally in front of the post office at 21 Elm St. in Potsdam every day of the week from 6 to 7 p.m. for the foreseeable future. BLM Potsdam can be contacted at blm.noco@gmail.com.

Jen Baxtron

Potsdam

The writer represents Black Lives Matter Potsdam.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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(4) comments

She's back

Racism upstate is far worse than I knew. There were 355 comments to the 7 news story following the BLM rally and about 300 of them were openly racist. A few others showed their lack of understanding in the issue with their replies " all lives" matter. Education on this topic is sorely needed.

Pitbull

In response to your last two sentences, I think you're referring to "re-education" like enemies of the movement have to attend. This can come in the form of public school indoctrination, mandatory workplace brainwashing, or even Siberian work camps. Perhaps you, She's back, need to be "educated" about what BLM really stands for including Marxism, eliminating the traditional family, and financial reparations for slavery.

VernonRivers

Do you know New York State spends over $250 million per year on police brutality cases? I would think a Republican who is against wasteful spending would want to fix that. The really strange thing is Republicans often want to stop these lawsuits, essentially making police above the law and accountability. These are publicly stated policy positions.

Very strange that you talk about "eliminating the traditional family". President Trump has five kids by three different women, and obviously has an open marriage (at least for himself). That is very confusing to me, since Republicans were all about Bill Clinton's personal life, and also said they were "protecting traditional marriage". I don't really understand how electing a President who starred in Playboy videos is protecting the family.

rockloper

racism is alive and well in the good ole NC

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