This weekend, league and community members gathered outside Derby United Headquarters to demonstrate peacefully in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. DU’s very own Cheap Trick reflected on what it meant to her to be there:
“What I saw at the protest was beautiful! It was a group of people from many different races, who were all there to support me and other Black lives. They weren’t afraid to show their support as they held up signs that read “White Silence is Violence” and “The Color of Your Skin Isn’t a Crime!” I can’t fully describe how moving it is to see white and brown fists together in the air proclaiming “Black Lives Matter!” I’m thankful for the allies that stand with us in our fight for justice!”
Derby United is incredibly proud to stand with Southeast San Diego and state clearly that we are committed to the fight for equality. The league will continue an open the dialogue with our skaters and community and do the work needed to dismantle systemic racism and recognize privilege and implicit bias with the organization. We can do better. BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Photo: Amy Fan