Hundreds of people formed a human wall to protect Muslims from the NYPD as they prayed during a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn last Thursday.
When Muslims knelt to pray at a Black Lives Matter march in Brooklyn, protestors formed a human wall to protect them from the NYPD— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) June 4, 2020
This is the beauty of intersectional solidarity. The revolution will not be divided ✊🏾✊🏼✊🏿pic.twitter.com/2ot3ViQrH0
Stance Grounded, a Muslim civil rights activist, who originally tweeted a video of the event wrote on social media, “Non-Muslims surround Muslims so they can pray safely from the harm of the NYPD during a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn, New York. I LOVE THIS. THIS IS HUMANITY!”
The post continues, “They were really prepared to get tear-gassed, maced, shot w/ rubber bullets just so fellow humans could pray in peace. If that isn’t LOVE, I don’t know what is. If that isn’t HOPE, I don’t know what is.”
Police have been criticized for the use of excessive force against peaceful protestors exercising their right to demonstrate since the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police on May 25.
Curfews imposed by state and city governments have opened the door for authorities to respond with violence as peaceful protestors choose to defy curfew. Police have used rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper bullets to disperse crowds.
This over-application of force comes as President Trump announced plans to deploy military troops to contain protestors in some U.S. cities.
Trump was criticized by former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in a statement that read, “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people— does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us.”
Protestors present for the prayer on Thursday took to Twitter to share the empowering message that they will not be divided.
This is so beautiful and amazing ❤️❤️— squaty_grayson (@alisha_ejaz2) June 4, 2020
The non muslim surround muslim so they can pray safely from the harm of the NYPD during a BLM protest in brooklyn New York #StrongerTogether #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/rMavW05V6I
Brooklyn NY. Everyone waited & kept us apart from police. Muslims didn’t even congregate for Eid prayer due to covid but came out for protests because we know whats at stake. This level of solidarity scares those that don’t want the ppl to know their power pic.twitter.com/XqH95DlNAF— Check Your Privilege (@sincerelyru) June 4, 2020
The march through Brooklyn took three hours and covered 7 miles. Muslims kneeled in prayer at the end of the march as non-muslims nearby linked arms to protect them. The video shows a powerful image of Americans from diverse backgrounds choosing to unite in the name of human and civil rights.