By Lily Karofsky
NATICK – There was a Black Lives Matter event on the Natick town common today, July 26.
Citizens of Natick lined up along one side of the commons and held signs as cars drove by and honked. Although the turnout was small, around 20 people, their voices were loud.
Cortney, a participant in the event, said she wasn’t involved in the planning of this event but “I want to become more active with [planning] and I’m just trying to take the right steps by coming out here every Sunday.”
Cortney (who did not want to give her last name) feels that Natick is doing a great job in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, but people need to remember to continue to fight for the cause.
Another participant, 15-year-old Sage Lafleur, shared some insight from a teenager’s point of view on the cause and how Natick is responding to it. She explained some people in Natick “do not agree [with black lives matter] and… the goal is to make sure that does not continue.”
Lafleur shared she has never personally experienced any racial injustice within the Natick public school district, but has heard stories and hopes the town will work harder to fight that.
The soon-to-be junior in high school said she has “never had a black teacher,” which is just one more way racial inequality shows up in her life.
The most important goal for Lafleur is to make sure Natick becomes a unified community and that everyone understands that Black Lives Matter in Natick.
Although the initial surge in activism has died down, Black Lives Matter is still such a prominent and pressing issue in the world today. It’s important to continue fighting and continue to get involved, said those who attended today’s event.
Lily Karofsky is a Framingham High student, and a SOURCE intern for summer 2020.