REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – A peaceful protest took center stage at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand Monday night, despite the fact that it was supposed to be cancelled.
“Makes me happy to see everybody here I didn’t know that this many people would do this,” said peaceful protester Gina.
Protesters tell 47ABC that even though the event was cancelled, they still felt the need to show their support. “Black lives matter. We cannot let the injustices that are going on in the nation today go on. We have to speak out and we have to speak for them,” said peaceful protester Jehan Riar.
The bandstand hosted a group of dozens calling for justice for George Floyd. Protesters at the rally say they wanted to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. “Enough is enough. I think everybody should come down here anyone who is protesting. Go to them. They’re showing that they can take a stand to this,” said peaceful protester Angela.
Some protestors brought their children with them. Riar says she wants to set an example for her daughters. “I want them to know that they can stand up for their rights. If they see their parents doing that, that’s modeling right? So I want them to see that this is something they should do if it is a protest that is peaceful – that is allowing everyone to come out and speak for what they believe for,” said Riar.
Down the street – some businesses could be seen boarding up windows. They tell 47ABC that they support the protesters, but don’t want to take any chances when it comes to looting. Protesters tell us that while they understand the business owners’ fears, not enough is being done when it comes to making change. “People have kneeled. People have silently protested, and anger will build up, and there will be a time when it comes out in unhealthy ways. This is because people have not been taught how to healthily cope with anger, and that’s nobody’s fault but the systemic injustice of racism in this country,” said Riar.
Another protest is slated to happen here in Rehoboth Beach on June 4th. Friday’s protest is being organized by Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice. During that protest, people are expected to gather along Route 1 for a vigil.