On Wednesday, Golden State Warriors wing and lifelong Bay Area resident Juan Toscano-Anderson organized “Walking in Unity,” a peaceful and powerful protest in Oakland.
The protest drew a large number of Bay Area residents who are outraged at the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other black people, and outraged at the systematic racism and institutional injustice that is prevalent across the country.
Among the many peaceful protestors were at least four of Toscano-Anderson’s teammates: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Damion Lee.
The Warriors and a handful of beat reporters who cover the team shared photos and videos of Toscano-Anderson addressing the crowd, Curry and Thompson marching and chanting, and teammates greeting each other after presumably not having seen each other in months.
Check out some of the scenes:
Klay Thompson has joined the protest at Lake Merritt. Kevon Looney is now here as well. pic.twitter.com/Ni27dV8Lbh— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) June 3, 2020
Steph and Ayesha Curry marching in Oakland. pic.twitter.com/YsHxfjO2sJ— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) June 3, 2020
Steph Curry and Ayesha Curry marching around Lake Merritt. pic.twitter.com/g56rHydnD5— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) June 3, 2020
Stephen Curry embraces Juan Toscano-Anderson at the Lake Merritt protest against police brutality. Damion Lee is here as well. pic.twitter.com/qE2xl1yQgr— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) June 3, 2020
Steph Curry here at Lake Merritt with fellow Warriors Juan Toscano-Anderson and Damion Lee for the "Walking In Unity" event. pic.twitter.com/mYLsPCnquj— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) June 3, 2020
Very powerful stuff, and huge credit to Toscano-Anderson for organizing such an important event.
No word yet on if any other members of the Warriors were in attendance, though many of the team’s players don’t live in the Bay Area during the offseason, and have been quarantining in other cities.
All through the country, peaceful protests have been taking place, as citizens fight for equality, equity, a stop to police brutality, and an end to systemic racism and injustice.
Good for all the Warriors who took part, and for people all across the country — and world — who are making their voices heard, and finding actionable ways to help make the country a more just and safe place for Black communities.