BLECKLEY COUNTY — The wave of nationwide peaceful protests have continued for a third consecutive and it isn’t just large cities. Smaller cities in rural areas are taking a stand. On Friday, June 12, the dozens of citizens from Cochran– 45 miles southeast of Macon–gathered in a march of solidarity.
Overriding theme at the event was getting people registered to vote, but also the silence of injustices can no longer be tolerated in regard to racial injustice.
Jim Adams, one of the organizers spoke to WMAZ-TV and said the following: “I’ve never had to justify who I am, so it’s hard for me to relate or understand, except that I know it’s bad. In my little way, if I can just influence just one or two little people, particularly when I heard about this mother that I know — the fear that she has just two blocks away from here — I’m thinking, ‘My God, we got to talk about that. We can’t be silent on that,'” said Adams.
Johnny Blash, a community organizer said the gathering in Cochran was truly humbling. Blash also mentioned that a crew of eleven other organizers worked diligently to make this happen.
“From the start we met with local officials to solicit their services. They were very supportive. A diverse crowd of young and old, black and white showed up to support the cause of “NO MORE LOSS OF INNOCENT BLACK MEN & WOMEN.” It was no Democrat no Republican. It was people saying we stand with you and we’re tired also. I firmly believe there are more who are like you than not like you. In order to understand that, one must see past race. One must see past the skin God put you in. In closing marching up through town gave me a feeling of self-worth to know that I had a part in a history-making moment in my life right here in my hometown.
On that day we stood as one black and white United as one person because we refused to be divided any longer by race. We stood because we refuse to allow others to demonize us to the point, we allow a man’s skin color to decide how we feel about him.