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Silent No More


July 12, 2016

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    Last week — the week of July 4–8 — was terrible. I'm still a bit in shock over its unexpected bloodiness, over waking up three days in a row to stories of terrible and tragic shootings and the inevitable screaming and finger-pointing that followed. I was relieved, this weekend, to go on vacation with a dear old friend of mine and stay far away from social media, from the news, from more sad stories and hateful discussion.
    I didn't know there was going to be a protest until I had already left for the weekend.
    On Saturday, the NAACP and other local organizations rallied together for a downtown march, circling the courthouse seven times like the siege of Jericho, holding signs declaring "Black Lives Matter" and — in a picture that has circled widely through WTOC — praying with officers at the Statesboro police department. 
    I hate that I was not here for this incredibly important event. But I believe — fervently hope, anyway — that this is hardly the last of these kinds of events to take place here in Statesboro. I'm incredibly proud of how the weekend's events unfolded. It was such a far cry from the nastiness that spreads so quickly online. And while I know that sometimes great change calls for much more than peaceful protest, I've heard through casually eavesdropping a few people whose minds I never thought would change talking about how this peaceful protest caught their ear. I hope they — we — all continue to listen. 
    For full coverage of the July 9 "Silent No More" protest in downtown Statesboro, see the Statesboro Herald story on the home page of the Connect website. We'll leave it up all week for you to read. 
 
Brittani Howell is the editor of Connect Statesboro. If you'd like to reach out, shoot a message to editor@connectstatesboro.com!

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