Simcoe County Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest, 2020


On August 22nd, 2020, about 200 concerned members of our community met at Sunnidale Park for Simcoe County Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest. They were there to listen, to talk, to sing, and to learn about the racial divide that splits our community.

TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the stories recorded in this video are disturbing, as they involve child sexual abuse, acts of violence, and blatant racism.

Events this past week show the need for the Black Lives Matter movement and the subsequent renewal of protests show the likelihood that it is not going to just fade away with time.

Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man out for a day with his kids, was shot seven times in the back by two White police officers from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Shortly after, Kyle Rittenhouse, a White 17-year-old self-identified member of a local 'militia' killed two protestors and injured many others when he opened up on the unarmed group with an automatic weapon. Rittenhouse had driven across state lines for the sole purpose of killing other human beings. Just prior to those shootings, police had been recorded providing bottled water to the armed gunmen and thanking the 'militiamen' for their 'support'.

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Videography by John Ironside

Post-production by Tiffany Scott