Protesters marched down State Street this afternoon after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha yesterday.
The protest was originally planned as a call to action against Madison’s history of white supremacy, but was changed to a march in solidarity with Kenosha after the events on Sunday.
“We’re going take it to the streets, defund the police, no justice, no peace!” chants the crowd.
As the group made their way down State Street, the group would stop periodically to hear someone speak.
“I’m tired of watching my brother get murdered over and over and over and over again. And this little bunch of white people talk about the rights of a broken window,” says one speaker.
Cars and bicycles were used as barriers to block traffic until the group reached Library Mall, where a microphone was set up. Representatives from several Madison organizations spoke, denouncing both the city’s and UW-Madison’s lack of real action against systemic racism.
Nalah McWhorter, president of the Madison Wisconsin Black Student Union, called out Chancellor Becky Blank, saying she refuses to talk with organizations on key race issues on campus, such as the Abraham Lincoln statue on Bascom Hill.
“We have people in power, we have a chancellor, who don’t give a fuck about us, at all. She doesn’t care, she won’t meet with us,” says McWhorter.
While some speakers said they were impressed with how many people had come out, some questioned how long this surge would last, recalling Madison’s protests after Floyd’s death.
“We had large numbers for like a couple months, not even a couple months, a month and then they died down. I want to see you guys out here every goddamn day,” says another speaker at Library Mall.
Another protest is planned for Monday night at 10:30pm downtown.