My experience at the Casey Goodson Jr. rally

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Ben Burton, Writer, photographer

If you clicked on this article, you probably already know the story of Casey Goodson Jr. I attended a rally for Casey on Dec. 12, 2020 outside the Ohio Statehouse. On my way to the rally I pictured a small turnout because of the weather, but I quickly realized this was not the case. When I arrived, the size of the crowd showing their support and solidarity for Casey and his family astonished me. It made me so happy to see that people are coming to events like these, and in great numbers as well. Over the summer, I attended numerous rallies for justice for George Floyd as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. During Saturday’s rally, there were more people than I had ever seen before.

While waiting for the rally to start, old 2Pac songs about social justice played through speakers on the Statehouse steps. A rally organizer approached the microphone and spoke about the outlines of the rally. She said that we in no way will be using destruction to get our message across. She also warned us about the presence of the armed white supremacist group, “The Boogaloo Boys” at the rally. 

Soon, another rally organizer approached the microphone and spoke more in detail about what we are fighting for. She told Casey’s story and demanded justice for Casey, also demanding that Jason Meade, the cop responsible for Casey Goodson Jr.’s death, be arrested. We began chanting justice for Casey, as well as other black Americans who have died in the hands of police brutality. A pastor then began to speak more into the message we are trying to send. Much like the previous people who had spoken, they emphasized that this rally is to show what kind of person Casey was, and not to take away from that. 

I think the message that resonated with me the most was when the pastor said that “‘All men and women are created equal’ is what we profess, but not what we practice.” Systemic racism is a primary example of this. Since the birth of our nation, we have claimed that all men and women are created equal, but we have never actually practiced this. We are still letting cops get away with the wrongful murders of people of color, we are still supporting the corrupt police system that needs to be reformed, and we are still not making a change. 

Racial inequity is an ongoing issue in the United States and the movement has not simmered and will continue to empower people across the world to show their support. It is now that people in our community who feel that this fight does not concern them should feel the impact. Powell is right outside of Columbus and we need to show that Casey’s life mattered and stand with those fighting against police brutality.