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Black Lives Matter in Tokyo

SNA (Tokyo) — The Black Lives Matter movement made an appearance in Tokyo today, expressing solidarity with the US and international campaign to end the police killings of unarmed black men and other reflections of enduring racism in society.

Gathering on a scorching summer afternoon in Shibuya, Tokyo, the march lasted for over an hour. Many curious bystanders watched as the marchers passed with chants such as “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and “Eric Garner, I can’t breathe!”

Henry Moreland Seals, one of the main organizers, observed, “As a black foreigner in Japan, I am reminded every day by the people I work with, associate with, and consider to be my friends, that my life truly matters to them. In the wake of the police violence and brutality in the States, I wanted to send a message that there are places in this world where you can, as many shades of individuals, have an opportunity to live in peace and find hope.”

In his concluding message to the marchers, Seals continued, “We do not do this alone. You will always have someone helping you. We all know people, different from us, who have loved us, cared for us, and taught us valuable lessons. Loneliness is exactly what our oppressors want us to feel.”

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2 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter in Tokyo”

  1. Eido Inoue says:

    Intentionally omitted / not mentioned in this article: the protesters thought an appropriate date to link American Black Lives Matter was the day the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (August 6th). This was not accidental or an oversight: the protest banner has the phrases “Hiroshima Memorial Day” and “Nagasaki Memorial Day” written on it.

    Apparently, Japanese in Japan should not be thinking about the hundreds of thousands of people (men, woman, children, and babies, most civilian) killed on this one special day, by Americans, but instead should be thinking about American Black Lives Matter.

    Number of American Blacks killed by police officers in Japan since 1945: zero.

    I look forward to Black Lives Matter’s next protest, on the grounds of Auschwitz, reminding mourners to stop being so selfish by only thinking about the Holocaust and the genocide, because Black Lives Matter.

    1. Ian Sarver says:

      I agree that this was disgusting and selfish on the part of BLM. They are stupid for doing this and trying to take away attention for another tragedy that happened that people should care about. I understand what they are trying to do and I hope that they achieve it in the long run but what I do not like is the fact that try to do these things by forcing themselves on people such as they did to Bernie Sanders, a man that marched in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King and basically forcing him off the stage at his own rally in Seattle. Then there is the fact that they decided to interrupt a man that was having discourse about a something and then the “protesters” came in and disrupted the discourse and basically threatened to beat him up.

      Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IawEMxTroBk

      That is the way they operate. They just do not care about anything other than themselves and their egos. They do not want to sit and talk about anything when people try to do so but then they go around chanting for the deaths of police officers and wonder why no one listens to them. They go around and disrupt meetings and stuff and wonder why no one cares about what they say rather then what they do. The people that deal with them try to be calm and civil but the BLM “protesters” can’t or won’t do the same.

      They chant and yell and when people call them out on it how do they responds? They yell and threaten to hurt people that don’t care what they say but what they do. Here is an example.

      Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nar-JI_6L4

      They just don’t understand that what they do is reflecting on the movement of change as a whole. They don’t realize that people get more paranoid about BLM because they chant for violence instead of change. They distance themselves more and more from the mainstream protesters because of the things that they do. It is ignorant if I mention that black on black crime is an issue. They do not want to acknowledge it at all.

      I am sorry that the Japanese had to see the stupid side of us but the fact of the matter is they will not go away or shut up and for that I am severely embarrassed for us all.

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