As protests across the country continue following the killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter supporters in Edinburg put down their signs and picked up a pen and paper.
“Part of that first step is to seeing what tangible outcomes we can just get done together,” said Christian Ramirez.
Ramirez and his brother Misael created Craft Cultura, a collective of writers and creative minds for Latin education and art.
Thursday, more than three dozen BLM supporters met near Edinburg City hall to network and discuss strategies toward defunding institutions of racial inequality.
“I think it’s a misconception that because there aren’t black bodies or black folks and families in the type of numbers and demographics that we see in Houston, San Antonio or other parts of the country and in Texas, that it isn’t our problem,” said Rivera.
At Thursday’s networking opportunity, Antonio Burgess, a black man, who has lived in the Rio Grande Valley, was moved by the support of strangers looking toward a better future.
“They don’t know George Floyd but they are connecting with him. I think as far as humanity, everyone can connect. It’s just the system that we have in place is keeping that engine going and we got to do away with it,” said Burgess.
The system he’s referring to is what many in the BLM movement call institutionalized racism in existing social structures such as law enforcement, business opportunities and lack of education focused on black history.
“We got to keep this momentum going with ambition and love and peace instead of that engine of hate and racism.”
Thursday’s meeting was the first of what the Ramirez brothers call part of many more. For more information on dates and times click here.