East Bay community reacts to signs of white supremacy seen on day of Buffalo shooting – NBC Bay Area
A protest in East Bay is causing anger and sadness in the community, especially since it took place on the same day as the mass shooting in Buffalo.
The protest took place at the intersection of Camino Tassajara and Blackhawk Road, on the border of Blackhawk and Danville around 3 p.m. Saturday.
Several people with covered faces were seen holding up a sign reading “White Lives Matter”.
Others held another sign that read, “We will not forget Waukesha,” referring to the incident in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in which a black driver drove into a holiday parade, killing five people and by wounding 40.
Some residents who spoke to NBC Bay Area on Sunday said they were shocked.
“It’s totally amazing,” said Danville resident Gloria Domingo, who has lived in Danville for 20 years. “It’s disturbing to say the least, because there are so many of us here. Sickening, sickening to the core.
Others weren’t so surprised. Veronica Benjamin, co-founder of Conscious Contra Costa, grew up in Danville and told NBC Bay Area how she first reacted to the protest.
“Just a big sigh. But also, typical, typical. It was to be expected,” she said.
Benjamin added that a friend sent him one of the photos from the rally.
“I had just read about what happened in Buffalo, so I wondered if it was organized or if these people were just extremely deaf. So I was just, ‘How obnoxious could you be? How disrespectful could you be to human life? Said Benjamin.
Conscious Contra Costa was formed by women of color, following the police killings of Tyrell Wilson and Laudemer Arboleda. Both were shot by Andrew Hall, a former member of the Danville Police Department who is now in jail.
The organization’s vision is “a safe place for all”.
“We’re just asking to share the space. And we hope it will not threaten them; that they are listed as a ‘them’, rather than a ‘we’ in the community in the same area,” Benjamin said.
But she said protests like this show there is still a lot of work to be done.
“We need to heal together as humanity,” Benjamin said.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office told NBC Bay Area on Sunday that it responded to the protest and determined the group was not in violation of the law.