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Protesters rally against racial profiling in Williamston

Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 1:09 PM EDT
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WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WITN) - The National Action Network and attorney Ben Crump, representing Missy Wright, hosted a rally against racial profiling at the Hampton Inn in Williamston on Saturday.

A bus from Raleigh brought demonstrators to Williamston to let their voices be heard after Wright says a hotel employee racially profiled her two weeks ago.

“We just said, ‘hey we’re going to come to Williamston, North Carolina and we’re going to do a rally and we’re going to let the Hampton know that what they did wasn’t right,' and everybody just came,” Wright explains.

Wright said she was by the pool while her kids were swimming, when she was approached by a hotel employee who she said referred to her as “you people.”

The employee was inquiring if Wright was a guest.

After Wright showed her the room key, the conversation was over -- until the police showed up.

Wright said she came here to stand up for all those who have been in a similar situation.

“I’m standing here for all of us women, you know black, white, dotted or spotted it’s not color with me, I don’t see color,” says Wright.

Also on Saturday, a separate march for justice took place. Demonstrators were marching for those that will come after them.

“I’m an African-American man with two sons, and a daughter, wife and a lot of nephews and nieces, and I think like we said earlier in the march, folks walked for us,” Ronald Byrd, a march organizer explained.

“You speak out, okay. Fighting, throwing, knocking and all of that, that’s not speaking out, that’s not being heard. We want to be heard, so by being heard we do peaceful,” adds fellow marcher Verna Perry.

Participants will be provided with masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, t-shirts, and lunch.

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