EUGENE, Ore.-- Protesters gathered in Eugene Monday night to fight against racial injustice -- this time in the Bethel area.
The protest was held by Black Unity, and organizers said that the goal was awareness and change within the streets of Eugene.
“We really want to be able to shed light on a protester who was run down by a vehicle in Seattle, as we also had a protester of our own who was hit by a vehicle last week,” Black Unity leader Clea Ibrahim said. “We want to be able to keep up the momentum and really be able to explain the importance of why we are still protesting tonight.”
Hundreds gathered at Petersen Park in Eugene, where the march began.
“I firmly believe in the Black Lives Matter movement,” Springfield resident Kaitlin Silva said. “I think there’s a lot of racial injustice that’s happening and a lot of police brutality that's happening toward African American people. Even though I'm not African American, I do see friends, family members who are going through certain racial injustices so i want to be here and let them know that even though i do have white privilege that I stand with them and if their voices can't be heard, then maybe ours will have a better chance of being heard along with theirs.”
There were nearby residents, however, who felt concerned about what could happen during the protest.
Eugene resident Jim Noragon lives directly across from where the protest began. He said that he’s all for expression of opinion, but destruction of property is where it crosses the line.
“I don't like the fact that on 7th Street they broke the windows in some of the businesses,” Noragon said. “That’s not the way to protest and I'm totally against that. What they're doing, I'm all for it. They're just practicing what they believe in and they want change and I don't blame them.”
Noragon, along with other nearby residents, expressed their concerns for the way many go about protesting.
“I'll be sure to be inside the house,” Noragon said. “I’m not going to come out because you don't know exactly who is among that group. There might be some bad people wanting to cause some harm and that's the reason why I won't be outside.”
Protests and demonstrations across Eugene have been ongoing for over two months.