Protesters gathered Friday evening at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to stand in solidarity with the Charleston, S.C., victims and to denounce monuments they say commemorate white supremacy.
“Who’s ready to take the flag down on I-4?” Alekos Zambrano shouted into a bullhorn. The 24-year-old activist and former journalist represented Raíces en Tampa, an organization that focuses on empowering Latino immigrants. “Who’s ready to change the name of the Robert E. Lee school?” he continued. “Who’s ready to burn some symbols of hate?”
The circle of activists cheered, then broke into a chorus of “Black lives matter! Black lives matter!” Several speakers passed the bullhorn to share their thoughts on racism, oppression and Charleston. They also burned Confederate flags.