On Wednesday afternoon around Lake Merritt in Oakland, Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson organized a peaceful rally. Among those in attendance were teammates Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, who was joined by his wife, Ayesha.
The "Walking in Unity" event was held in protest against racial injustices and police brutality following the death of George Floyd. Floyd died while in the custody of Minneapolis law enforcement on May 25.
The rally had a strong turnout, which you could see in the Currys' Instagram posts.
The two reflected on it:
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Today was a movement in Oakland! Thank you @juanonjuan10 for the leadership. Everybody play your role and be consistent with it. This is a real moment of change. Keep each other accountable. “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains!” #justiceforgeorgefloyd #breonnataylor #blm
“Everybody play your role and be consistent with it. This is a real moment of change. Keep each other accountable,” Steph wrote.
He also called Toscano-Anderson a leader for organizing the event that showed so much love, support and awareness.
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Today was filled with many emotions. On one hand I was overwhelmed with happiness to see my community show up, yet again to fight for what is right. I witnessed people from all different backgrounds peacefully protesting. People out for a jog or walk noticing the crowd and putting their own needs on pause to join the cause and march with us. “The time is always right to do what’s right”(MLK) is what comes to mind. My happiness then became overshadowed with immense sadness and disbelief. I began to come to the realization that we were walking the same streets, the same path and course that we’ve taken time and time again for the championship parades. Celebrating “victory”... streets lined with hundreds of thousands of fans cheering on and congratulating many (and most) of whom are black men. People show up and show out for these moments. While I was appreciative and proud of the crowd that showed to march for justice today, I couldn’t help but wonder where all of these people were now , that just a few years before lined and covered the streets to celebrate in these black men’s successes. Now when black men, when black people need an assist, defense, a team... where is everyone? Where is everyone? I want to encourage everyone to show up however you can and keep showing up. Keep lining the streets, keep filling the feeds, keep informing your friends. We have the power to shift and change things. I promise you in this moment, right now... this is the victory and the celebration you want to be telling your children and your children’s children about. Lastly, please please please vote! We can protest, shout from the rooftops but the missing puzzle piece is the vote. Let’s do it!
Ayesha posted photos of the march as well as a selfie of the couple, where she sported an “A Tribe Called Oakland” facemask. She also offered up some guidance.
“I want to encourage everyone to show up however you can and keep showing up. Keep lining the streets, keep filling the feeds, keep informing your friends. We have the power to shift and change things.”
Toscano-Anderson, who attended Castro Valley High School, took to social media to give a special thanks to those who showed up, specifically calling out his teammates and the Warriors organization for the support.
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