December 7th, 2015 Republican Candidate Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Mt. Pleasant, SC aboard the USS Yorktown. As a part of a collective group of organizations in Charleston and the surrounding areas, a protest was held in response to the candidate and his propensity for hate speech and Hitler like proposed policies. I was personally involved as the lead for #BlackLivesMatter Charleston. Strong young people from the Fight for $15 Campaign, The People’s Solidarity, The Campus-Community Movement all made their voices heard and represented that Charleston still has soul.
Here is the media’s side of the story:
An incorrect quote that’s supposed to be from me by journalist Matt Alba from Channel 2… Twitter handle @MattalbaWCBD
Live 5 News @HannahMoseley:
— Hannah Moseley (@HannahLive5) December 8, 2015
His hate speech that day has since resulted in a Tweet like this:
From Activist @ShaunKing
Where a young Muslim man named Mohammed is afraid to give the Starbucks barista his name, instead gives his initials pic.twitter.com/SjE180dzyq
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 9, 2015
My side of the story is one of both fear and amazement. When we arrived at the Yorktown there was a Disney World type line in which everyone had to stand to get by security and into the venue. There were all kinds of people there and many of them looked at me very harshly and even stared at me. I am a dark-skinned, natural haired proud African American woman. A white ally stood next to me, she was thin and sandy blonde so we probably looked as different as night and day which may have encouraged the staring longer.
A couple of people in front of us a long haired Duck Dynasty looking older white man was asked his thoughts on Trump by a reporter. I listened in pain while he recounted the state of our country in his eyes, and stated very confidently “Our constitution was based on Christianity and that’s what we need to get back to.” A dark haired woman who looked like she stepped out of Sister Wives smiled and clapped him on. I was in agony. And so the night commenced full of free bumper stickers, vendors with everything from buttons to Trump hats with hair on it, and of course, an airport worthy security check courtesy of TSA.
Finally, we were complete frozen and inside the building. Trump had already started speaking. It was time. The first shout went up… It was time. He indicated for the ally to be removed, and I took up suit. I was fueled from the dirty looks, and Trumps promise of walls and the deportation of ALL Muslims. I shouted “Black Lives Matter” with everything in me. The pain of black death over the past year, the pain of losing my own apartment due to state employment, and the fear of losing my boys to this country’s hate, fueled me. I yelled, and yelled.
Immediately at least 4 to 5 officers escorted me and the 3 other people I was with off of the ship. I continued to yell “Black Lives Matter”, “No Justice, No Peace”, “People are Dying” and even the Assata Shakur chant until we reached the relegated protest area cordoned off with tape.
Then the cops follow I and other melinated people around the tape to begin harassing us separately and then all together.