Updated: June 4, 2020 8:38:51 pm
As anti-racism rallies and protest over the custodial death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis fan out across all the 50 states in the US, a woman’s lone march in her neighbourhood has garnered attention on Twitter. In a tweet that has gone viral, a woman in Minnesota carried out her own protest march “since none of her friends wanted to join her”. Photos and videos shared by her son Jeorge (@baddiejezzy) has been earning her plaudits online.
With a placard in her hand with a message “I can’t breathe” on one side and “repent” on other, the woman can be seen walking on the road alone for about half a mile. The tweet went viral, garnering over 1.6 million likes on the micro-blogging site.
My mom did her own march since none of her friends wanted to join her ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ErL9NUyeoe
— Jeorge 🕺🏾 (@baddiejezzy) June 2, 2020
During her protest, the woman carried a small garden cart that had the American flag attached on it along with a statue of a rooster, symbolising repentance. “This was aimed at all her Christian friends that are now fighting with her to protect their white fragility. The rooster in the Bible represents repentance for those who are wondering,” Jeorge explained.
She wanted to do a little video for her Facebook friends too. This was aimed at all her Christian friends that are now fighting with her to protect their white fragility. The rooster in the Bible represents repentance for those who are wondering :3 pic.twitter.com/2LgdbQYP5t
— Jeorge 🕺🏾 (@baddiejezzy) June 3, 2020
People on social media were touched by the woman’s gesture and lauded her for her ‘bravery’ and ‘compassion’. Many, including celebrities, joined in to praise her, saying she might have been alone then but today millions are supporting her through the internet. Others remarked how it takes just a person to trigger a change.
Here’s how netizens reacted to the post.
This one made my eyes moist. https://t.co/TtDAzln03c
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) June 3, 2020
This is Amazing🙏🏽 https://t.co/C1HV37qec8
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) June 3, 2020
What a queen she is ❤️ https://t.co/rmuCFBOV0S
— JASMINE VILLEGAS (@JASMINEVILLEGAS) June 3, 2020
Sometimes when you stand up, you get the support of the world. And sometimes when you stand, you have to stand alone.
Well done, Mom. https://t.co/TVTmdsDTvm
— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) June 3, 2020
Not all heroes wear capes! Tell your mom we said thank you for standing on the right side of history 🤍 pic.twitter.com/HmXhabHPN3
— Leilani Münter (@LeilaniMunter) June 3, 2020
So real. She could have said forget it and stayed home, but she did it anyways. That’s love. https://t.co/X3BMPPD97k
— Black Lives Matter (@RunJessRunn) June 3, 2020
One person standing for justice stands taller than anyone who cowers to protect their privilege. #GeorgeFloyd
— Carolyn D. Mack (@carolyndmack) June 3, 2020
My mom went to a protest in Ludington, Mi. It’s a very small town. Only six people went but she wanted to do whatever she could after I explained why I go out to protest. My mom is 66 and comes from a racist family. So proud of her.
— mandi sue lyon (@mandi_lyon) June 4, 2020
I saw a young African American girl, standing on a street corner all by herself. Few cars drive by and honked in support. I pulled over and went to give her a hug!!! pic.twitter.com/BGwvMLOZR4
— RANDY DANNER (@Thunder_65) June 3, 2020
Remind your mother that Greta Thunberg started out solo too.💙 pic.twitter.com/HRdwBsNzQs
— Marcella Angeles (@SofyaAngelz) June 3, 2020
She showed how much it mattered to her when she stood against those she considers friends. That’s what everyone should be willing to do if necessary.
— Britt (@BritterDD) June 3, 2020
she’s our mom now, we love her🥺
— 𝚗𝚒𝚢𝚊✊🏾𝚊𝚌𝚊𝚋 (@clairopink) June 3, 2020
WAIT! Tell your mom to turn around, she dropped something. 🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/W6EDps9Aw5
— STARDUST THAT TURNS INTO MELANIN ✨ (@A_Little_Chewy) June 3, 2020
I hope your mom finds better friends. They don’t deserve her 🤍
— Destiny (@destinyaortega) June 3, 2020
Some more content for her Facebook friends pic.twitter.com/CAMUYEUwGb
— moonlight2020 (@moonlight250520) June 3, 2020
Anyone with GOD Never walks alone
— 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse (@SkAnDuLoUs) June 3, 2020
— ✨ఫగాట్✨ (@AngrySerpent69) June 3, 2020
This is what it’s about. Fighting for what you believe in even if no one is there to back you up, even if the odds are stacked against you. This is bravery. 🧡 https://t.co/Ke260EY1MF
— Andrrww 🦩 (@Aandrewperez) June 3, 2020
After the Twitter thread went viral, the user thanked the netizens for the support and said his mother was “grateful”. “Mom is over the moon and is so grateful to all of you for the overwhelming love and support! Thanks everyone so much you seriously have no idea,” he later tweeted.
Mom is over the moon and is so grateful to all of you for the overwhelming love and support! Thanks everyone so much you seriously have no idea
— Jeorge 🕺🏾 (@baddiejezzy) June 3, 2020
Protests in the US erupted after Floyd died while being restrained by the police, with Minneapolis policeman David Chauvin pinning him to the ground by kneeling on his neck for several minutes. Along with Chauvin, three other officers on duty were later fired.
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