Long Beach Push for Peace Protest Photos
With all the controversy in the world right now, and all the brutality and injustice towards the black community, we skaters demonstrated one of the many peaceful solutions to protecting the black body and expressing how valuable the black body is! We roll together because we need people to unite. We set an example for others who might not see this community the way we see it and the way it’s supposed to be—the righteous fun-loving expression that keeps us together but also individually stimulated. "Fuck the police" is an understatement, we also need to stay connected, together around the world, spreading this message and love to everyone. We’ll teach, remind and show by example that we’re not going for that police brutality shit for anyone—most importantly our black brothers and sisters! The black body is equal and golden! —Kevin White
Photos and captions by Alex Papke
It was a given that the skaters of Long Beach would come out from quarantine for this one
A man of good nose manuals and even better signs, Bobby Bils, everyone
Thrasher Dan and Ethan Loy came out to support
Best believe Boo J was gonna come out to support in his town
John Dilo doesn’t fuck with racism
And neither does Thomas Dritsas
Hell, even ABC showed up
Goes without saying
Listen to Kevin White
John Gardner, all for equality
And the two-mile skate down Ocean Blvd begins
K White and Jack Curtin, all smiles
Safe to say we took over the street
The message was clear
And finally, everyone's favorite hill
Beach bikers weren’t even mad this time around
Boards, bikes or skates, everyone on wheels came out to support the movement
Pretty clear that skaters across the board are all sick and tired of police brutality
No better feeling than a successful non-violent protest
Get back up there for one more time down
Long Beach shows strength in numbers
Despite having a broken ankle, Dylan Christopher made it out with his other half Cierra Xavier to say Breonna Taylor's name. Keep pushing however you can to bring justice for Breonna and so many others
All lives don’t matter until black lives matter, easy as that
Heavy Minnesota vibes from DLX boys Tim Fulton and Davis Torgerson. And of course, their new dude Mason Silva's creeping in the back
Not to mention, live music was waiting at the top of the hill by the time we made it up
All in all, it was an amazing turnout for a great cause. Racism has no place in the world, and that goes for skateboarding as well. Change doesn’t come overnight, so thank you to everyone that showed up and made your voices heard. We gotta fight these corrupt institutions together.
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