ORONO – People across the country have spent the past week protesting the death of George Floyd of Minnesota.
Mainers of all ages and races gathered at the University of Maine Sunday afternoon to promote one message that was on their minds — racial equality.
On May 25, George Floyd died at the hands of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
His death has had a ripple effect across the country including in Maine with dozens of people gathering for a peaceful protest
“My roommate came with me, she stands with me. Her boyfriend came with me, they stand with me. They support what I support. They are here for me, they understand what I‘m saying and it matters to them and it matters to the people that came out today, ” University of Maine junior Patrice Roberts said.
Another protester said she just wants minorities to be treated equally and fairly.
“Accept me for who I am, because I‘m not going to be able to change who I am. There’s no way I can take this off and become white. I want to stand for me and stand for everybody else who doesn’t have the confidence or the power to stand for themselves,” Bangor resident Julianna Rogers said.
Roberts also said there are steps that people can take past protesting to make a difference.
“You have to put the effort in, you have to put the work in and call your representative. You have to do what you can with your physical person,” Roberts said.