EUGENE, Ore. — Around two dozen people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Eugene Sunday for a Black Lives Matter rally.
Black Unity organized the event, and its main focus was about the plans for the future after Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States. Ty Ford, one of Black Unity’s organizers, said they do not like Biden and Kamala Harris, but they say anything is better than President Trump.
“We do like some his policies as far as his private and public health care policies and his tax plan,” Ford said. “But as you know, he was part of things like mass incarceration and ‘for profit prisons’ so we’re not too happy about him and Kamala. But we’re happy Trump’s out.”
Ford said Black Unity is still working with local leaders to create policies to help people of color and to end systemic racism. He said the group is also working on creating a Black community in Eugene. Ford said this would be a space where Black people in the area can connect and share traumas and support each other.
When it comes to voter turnout, Ford said he and Black Unity are excited about the record number of people who dropped off a ballot. He said he’s not sure if Black Unity made a difffernce in turnout, but any little bit helps.
“I don’t know if it was because of the protest or people just felt some type of way about getting Trump out,” Ford said. “But it’s really amazing to see that people felt like their voice mattered. They need to be heard, so they went out and voted.”