VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters marched for justice and peace Sunday evening at Mount Trashmore.
One protester’s sign read: “All lives matter, but black lives are in danger.”
The peaceful gathering was in response to two officer-involved shootings last week in Louisiana and Minnesota, but they say tensions between the African-American community and police is nothing new.
“We just got cell phones. We just got iPhones that could upload videos. This has been happening,” said Catiana Delawest.
Tia Danay, who showed up to the rally with two friends, say the recent violent makes her fear for her 15-year-old brother.
“The hardest thing to do in America is be a black man,” said Danay. “The hardest thing to do in America is to be black … To think that my brother could go to the store for an Arizona and some skittles and get gunned down just because breaks my heart. I will not let that happen. I will be a voice.”
Many used homemade signs express to their emotions.
“People are angry, and we want to show that we are angry and show that we support the human race,” said Kathleen Brown, a white woman who has three bi-racial boys.
Protesters say they want justice and unity, but they believe peace will not come unless there’s empathy between all races.
“We are all brothers and sisters in the same world,” said Sleez Rose. “Keep the love tight. Keep the community tight.”