Protest against racial inequality in Gulfport
This morning, a group of protesters gathered in Gulfport to raise awareness about racial inequalities.
Around 15 people gathered this morning holding signs with messages about George Floyd, anti-racism, and bible verses.
This protest started because 25-year-old Jamila Swopes believes she was wrongfully let go from her job in Gulfport after commenting on the George Floyd case.
News 25 reached out to Swopes’ employer. He told WXXV “It’s my practice not to discuss personnel issues.”
Swopes says now she wants to help raise awareness about racism and inequality here on the Coast. “During this time, if you have black friends, if you don’t understand, reach out to your black friends and check on them. Reach out and ask what can you do? If you don’t understand just please don’t say anything because this is deep. This is rooted hurt from years. This is from our ancestors. This is from my great-grandma, my grandma, and grandpa was dealing with the same thing.”
More protests are planned to happen all over the Gulf Coast.