Whites Not Invited to #Ferguson #EricGarner Protest by Black Congressional Staff?

A Capitol Police Honor Guard salutes the coffins of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson in the Capitol Rotunda as they lie in repose. Source Wikimedia Commons.

The Daily Beast reports groups of Black congressional staffers are organizing a protest on Capitol Hill on Thursday in solidarity with nationwide protests over the recent decisions by grand juries to not indict white police officers in the deaths of black criminals in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.

“The Congressional Black Associates, Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, the Brooke-Revels Society, the Congressional African Staff Association, and the African American Women on the Hill Network—all dedicated to representing African American staffers on Capitol Hill—are helping to organize the protest as a “show of unity and solidarity… to stand shoulder to shoulder with other peaceful demonstrations.”

“These groups will be joined by members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association.”

Not included are white Hill staffers.


The Daily Beast reported the protest is scheduled for Thursday afternoon on the House side of the Capitol:

“The protest is scheduled for Thursday at 3:30pm on the steps in front of the U.S. House of Representatives. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black, who is also African American, will pray for peace, and for the grieving families affected by the grand jury decisions.”

In 1998 two Capitol Police officers, one Black, one white, were killed protecting Hill staffers from a crazed lone gunman.

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