Class was the last thing on students’ minds in Minnesota. Instead, they decided to fight against racial injustice by participating in a statewide protest.
ABC 5 reported hundreds of students crowded together and began walking down Lexington Avenue to Roseville Police Department at 1 p.m. They showcased their solemn attitude on racial injustice and the lives lost from police brutality, including Daunte Wright and George Floyd.
“We are here as students to say enough is enough, and we want our voice heard. We can no longer live in a world that criticizes us based on skin color, and it not ready to do anything about it,” said Jomi Omoya, a high school senior in the Roseville High School. “It just shows how Minnesota is ready to rally together to solve this issue.”
Omoya was the co-organizer of the rally, and students joined her in solidarity. Students dressed in all black carrying signs that represented solidarity and unity, highlighting ongoing issues in their community.
Roseville police blocked traffic while they crossed roads and streets and entered the police parking lot.
Osseo High School students also joined the demonstration with Roseville High School pupils.
“We’re not having no change. There has not been change for our people, and I am out here supporting our people,” said Darnesha Brown.
“It just means to bring us peace because we’ve been going through a lot of violence around this city, and we’re tired of it,” said Isaac Stanley, a student at Osseo High School. “It’s a peaceful protest; we don’t want to cause any harm, right? We’re just here to speak up so you can hear our voice.”