From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (annparry.com)
June 5, 2020
June marches on
VIDEO – Black Lives Matter March, N. Merrick, NY, Thursday, June 4, 2020:
This Tuesday night, June 2, I got a text about a video on facebook posted by a self-proclaimed reporter who doggedly focused on about 30 people at Merrick Road, Merrick, protesting Black Lives Matters supporters who wanted to march from the Merrick-Freeport border to Massapequa.
The anything but neighborly comments that small anti-BLM March group made about the protestors were painful to hear, and it was exacerbated by the person who was videoing repeatedly and inaccurately referring to that small group as the people of Merrick, as if they represented the entire community.
Last night, shortly before 9 PM, as I headed south on Bellmore Avenue toward the 5-corners Jerusalem Ave intersection in North Merrick, I was one of the first handful of cars police in the intersection stopped.
I soon realized we were in the direct path of part of a Black Lives Matter March that I later learned started on Sunrise Highway in Merrick.
Immediately following my first instinct, I held my iPhone out my driver’s window, and filmed the marchers as they turned left on the Carvels corner and headed north on Bellmore Avenue, marching right past my car.
The marchers were peaceful and the Nassau County Police made sure they had a safe clear path.
48 minutes ago, today, an email from NY State Senator John Brooks landed in my inbox:
Last night, we witnessed a second wave of protests over the tragic death of George Floyd. In good part, this second march was the direct result of spiteful remarks gone viral, made by ignorant people flanking the peaceful march the day before. Let’s be clear, in Merrick there exists an overall community of wonderful people who genuinely believe in the fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness combined with the understanding that all are created equal provides the basis of outlook, action, and acceptance of any Merokian I have come to know.
The remarks made by these ignorant few do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the people of the Merrick community or, for that matter, any community on Long Island. Yesterday, many Merokians walked along in protest, while many others stood on sidewalks providing support, applause, and even bottles of water to the passing marchers. In response to the tragedy of George Floyd, I witnessed members of this community march in support of the most basic of human rights, and I was proud; In response to vile words of thinly veiled hatred by a minority of instigators peddling divisiveness, I witnessed this community come together once again to protest that hatred in a peaceful way, and I was inspired.
Merrick is a community of fairness and understanding, of acceptance and fellowship, and I am proud to represent this community in the NY State Senate.
John E Brooks
I share Senator Brooks sentiments.
As an aside: One of those anti BLM protestors in Merrick, June 2, commented how someone was wearing a mask [following CDC guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic] and asked rhetorically if the person was a coward.
It’s an anti-mask sentiment I suspect both the chief executive of the United States, and the COVID-19 virus – if sentient – would share.
FEATURE PHOTO at top of post: Merrick, New York, U.S. June 4, 2020. North Merrick, New York, U.S. June 4, 2020. Black Lives Matter March heads east on Jerusalem Ave and then turns north onto Bellmore Avenue, toward eastbound entrance to Southern State Parkway..
• Black Lives Matter: BlackLivesMatter.com
• Contact: NY State Sen. John E Brooks
• BLM March video: vimeo.com/annparry/merrickmarch