The Washington, DC, girl caught in a viral video getting harassed by anti-police brutality protesters says she nonetheless helps the Black Lives Matter motion — she simply didn’t like being bullied.
“I wholeheartedly support the Black Lives Matter movement,” city planner and photographer Lauren Victor says in a Washington Publish opinion piece.
“I also support an individual’s choice to participate in a protest, or not.”
Victor stated she has even participated in BLM demonstrations for the reason that group surrounded her whereas she ate outside on Aug. 24.
However “it is never okay to coerce people’s participation; that is just bullying,” she wrote.
“To be clear, this is not an argument against anger, expressed loudly, about terrible things that are allowed to happen,” Victor added.
“My desire is simply to see the vital energy that anger gives rise to be effectively directed to bring about important, lasting change.”
The viral video exhibits a crowd of younger demonstrators intently surrounding Victor as they shouted, “White silence is violence!” and “Put your fist up!”
However Victor didn’t elevate her first within the clip as a result of she was unaware of the protest’s trigger, she stated within the opinion piece.
Nobody within the group informed her why they had been marching when she requested, she stated.
“When they crowded around my table and started demanding that I raise my fist, it was their insistence that I participate in something that I did not understand that led me to withhold my hand,” she stated.
“In retrospect, I would have done the same thing even if it was crystal clear to me who they were and what they stood for. If you want my support, ask it of me freely,” Victor added.
“That’s what we do in a democracy.”
Victor went on to write down that her video has turn out to be a “global Rorschach test,” that’s interpreted otherwise relying on the ideology of the viewer.
She conceded that the video seems “scary,” however harassed that she was “not hurt in any way.”
Whereas she felt worry in the mean time, she stated she nonetheless had nice hope for the motion.
“This was a group of mostly young people of many racial backgrounds working together to sustain a movement to uphold Black people’s civil rights,” she concluded.
“There are worse ways to spend a Monday night.”