Participants of the March on UT Knoxville Against Racism express their thoughts on the march and racism in modern America.

Shot by Lexi O'Haver

Edited by Austin Orr

“Buying skittles in a hoodie was a death sentence for Trayvon Martin. Jogging through his own neighborhood was a death sentence for Ahmaud Arbery. Selling CD’s was a death sentence for Alton Sterling. Walking home was a death sentence for Mike Brown. Sleeping in her own home, with her own family like we do every night, was a death sentence for Breonna Taylor,” Vanessa Watson, sophomore at the University of Tennessee, said.

Watson spoke these words to a crowd of masked students, staff and concerned citizens today as they kicked off the March on UT Knoxville. The event, named for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, saw hundreds stand in solidarity against systemic racism and police brutality.

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