We are all well aware of what took place over the weekend – locally, nationally and globally.
There were protests to express outrage over the senseless killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for close to nine minutes while he lay on the ground, handcuffed and pleading for his life.
Some of these protests were peaceful – anguished and heated and yes, even angry at times. But not violent.
And then there was violence, including more senseless action – this time the burning of vehicles (police and non-police alike), the looting of stores and the desecration of private and public properties, which has been widely condemned.
What follows are photos taken over the weekend by several contributors (George Fazio and Joah Alindato) of protests of the peaceful variety that took place in Albany and Schenectady, including a few shots that captured the memorable moment of police in Schenectady joining protestors in a show of solidarity.
We can be outraged and forcefully demand change without continuing the chain of senseless violence. Voices and fists can be raised in a call for justice, proverbially lighting the world on fire without actually ever touching the match to a pool of gasoline.