Over 200 people in and around Ithaca, New York participated in a Black Lives Matter rally Friday afternoon to protest the recent shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.
The march included several from Cornell University.
The protest’s focus was the “inherent injustices embedded in America’s political and cultural institutions,” maintained by “white supremacy.”
“One of the gifts of Black Lives Matter nationally has been to revive our awareness of structures of oppression in our society,” said Cornell graduate Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, a local Black Lives Matter organizer.
“We must also understand our personal relationships to those structures and recognize that those structures affect different people differently. We are all oppressed under white supremacy.”
Professor Russell Rickford, who “specializes in the black radical tradition,” added that capitalism is the culprit, too: Getting rid of it, he says, “is imperative to creating a new system that values human life and needs.”
Rickford also believes that the United States is engaging in “genocide” against African-Americans and wants the United Nations to formally charge the country with the crime.
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