DICKINSON

Pouring rain hurt turnout but did not completely wash out a Black Lives Matter march in Dickinson on Saturday afternoon.

Andrea Rivas, a 19-year-old Rice University student and 2019 Dickinson High School alumna, organized the march, a process she said took about a month and a half.

Rivas said she attended protests in Houston and League City and wanted to bring one to Dickinson for her friends in the community who could not make it to other protests.

“The news can make it seem like the Black Lives Matter movement is a big-city issue," Rivas said "But this is an issue that goes all the way down to the local level. The people here care about this issue, too. This issue matters everywhere.”

The march, which had about 30 participants, began at 4 p.m. under rainy skies. Protestors gathered at McAdams Junior High School then walked east on Hughes Road to state Highway 3, which Dickinson police closed off for the march.

After turning left on state Highway 3, the march moved north to Dickinson City Hall. The protestors reversed their route back to McAdams Junior High and disbanded.

Two smaller groups set up counter-protests of sorts along the march’s route, but there were no major confrontations, Dickinson Police Department spokesman Lupe Vasquez said.

“It was peaceful throughout the protest,” Vasquez said.

One group of roughly a dozen people set up a tent near the Dickinson Public Library. Organizer Brian Byrom, a League City resident, said they were not there as anti-Black Lives Matter protestors but rather as protectors of a local landmark.

The landmark in question is a trio of statues of a farmer, a rancher and a shopkeeper that Byrom said represent the founding of the town.

“We don’t want our history getting damaged, and that tends to happen in a lot of these things,” Byrom said. “You can have 300 people, but three of them are hell-bent on tearing something up that aren’t necessarily BLM guys."

The Black Lives Matter movement seeks to call attention to systemic racism and the mistreatment of Black people by police officers. The movement received a swell of momentum in response to recent police-related deaths of Black people, including Houstonian George Floyd.

Rivas said she was motivated to organize the march because of testimonials from friends in the community.

“We have a neighbor who has told us countless stories about being pulled over for no reason, being harassed,” Rivas said. “And the fact that those are good stories because he survived is horrible.”

Rivas said she would look into organizing another march in the future during what she hopes will be better weather.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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Carlos Ponce

"The Black Lives Matter movement seeks to call attention to systemic racism and the mistreatment of Black people by police officers." The nationwide uproar over the killing of George Floyd shows this is not systemic.Over 99% of police officers are not like Derek Chauvin.

Dwight Burns

Carlos, your opinions on race relations will not sat well in the history being written as I post. .It is time truth be told in order that future Americans don't repeat the sins of our past.

You can't lie history forever.

Carlos Ponce

Truth is not a lie.

M. FARRIS

👏👏👏👏👏

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Carlos, wow! Just wow! 1% is too many. Its like don't worry about that one,when Jesus said we should be focused on the one and not the 99. And yes for the record your stat is wrong. We just happen to have so many minorities in jails today because they are ALL bad or don't know how to behave. Really? Your views are archaic and outdated & belong to the Segregated Past that so many of your generation tend to celebrate. But I digress...yes most Cops are good people but our systems can turn them into MONSTERS of harassment. This is what we must change and reform.

Carlos Ponce

You math is off. I posted over 99% meaning there are less than 1%. There are only a handful of instances in this century where race was an issue when a bad cop acted. Just because there was a difference in race does not necessarily mean racism was the reason for what happened. My views are not archaic. My views are CHRISTIAN. Jesus taught us to obey civil authority. Jesus taught us to forgive. Jesus taught us love your enemies, love everybody.

Bailey Jones

"There are only a handful of instances in this century where race was an issue when a bad cop acted." This statement is demonstrably false. There are literally dozens of studies of police action that prove exactly the opposite. I say this not to enlighten you, because we all know that's not going to happen, but for any reader who is interested in understanding why 20,000,000 Americans are in the streets protesting for a better, kinder, more Christian, nation.

Carlos Ponce

And the instances where a bad cop acted and the victim was White? Claiming racist intent is easy. Proving it on the other hand is difficult. Take for instance the Michael Brown case where Eric Holder's Justice Department under Barack Obama found no racial intent in his death.

Take Sandra Bland who died of suicide. The DPS officer caught her not stopping at a stop sign. His intent was to give her a warning for not signaling a turn - a lesser infraction. But I hear she kept blowing cigarette smoke in his face even after told to put the cigarette away. Was the altercation a result of her race or her ATTITUDE? Or the Black youth with a toy gun, not marked as such ( toy guns now come with a fluorescent band around the muzzle). After told to put the gun down several times the lad did not and was fired upon by police. Was that racist intent?

Or take the recent incident at Wendy's. Fighting with police which injured the officer, stealing the officer's taser and firing it at the officer's face. Some claim police racism here. Really?

Or Freddie Gray. Even after a trial cleared the officers (some African-American), racism was still claimed.

The studies cite interactions between citizens and officers of different races. Determining racist intent is not possible in all but a handful of cases.

Bailey Jones

You can't refute science with anecdotes, Carlos. That's the opposite of science.

Carlos Ponce

What science? You don't mention any. And as for taking anecdotal accounts - that's what you're doing.

Bailey Jones

You've seen the studies I've posted, Carlos. But just because I enjoy driving nails into your coffin, here are some of my favorites:

In March of 2019, researchers compiled and analyzed data from almost 100 million traffic stops in the United States. The researchers were able to confirm racial bias by measuring daytime stops against nighttime stops, when darkness would make it more difficult to ascertain a driver’s race. As with previous studies, they also found that black and Latino drivers are more likely to be searched for contraband — even though white drivers are consistently more likely to be found with contraband. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-020-0858-1

Note the scope here - 100,000,000 traffic stops. And racial bias was found to be systemic through out the data set.

In a 2010 study, “mock jurors” were given the same evidence from a fictional robbery case but then shown alternate security camera footage depicting either a light-skinned or dark-skinned suspect. Jurors were more likely to evaluate ambiguous, race-neutral evidence against the dark-skinned suspect as incriminating and more likely to find the dark-skinned suspect guilty. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1601615

A 2007 Harvard study found sentencing discrepancies among black people, depending on the darkness of their skin. The study looked at 67,000 first-time felons in Georgia from 1995 to 2002. Light-skinned blacks received sentences of about three and a half months longer than whites. Medium-skinned blacks received a sentence of about a year longer. Dark-skinned blacks received sentences of a year and a half longer. https://scholar.harvard.edu/jlhochschild/publications/skin-color-paradox-and-american-racial-order

Black people comprise 20 percent of the Harris County population but made up 62 percent of the wrongful drug convictions. https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/07/report/

And let me repeat that - Black people comprise 20 percent of the Harris County population but make up 62 percent of the WRONGFUL drug convictions. These are innocent people wrongfully convicted.

And because I know you're an A&M fan - https://today.tamu.edu/2020/06/24/texas-am-study-white-police-officers-use-force-more-often-than-non-white-colleagues/

"The most striking result is that white officers are five times as likely to fire their weapons in predominantly-Black neighborhoods than their Black colleagues ... even though both groups of officers use force similarly in white neighborhoods."

Bailey Jones

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Good for them. The first step in solving a problem is admitting that there is one. The BLM protests - 20 million Americans in over 2000 towns and cities as well as over 60 countries on every continent (except Antarctica) - attest to the recognition of racial oppression worldwide. In these days when it seems like the last of the civil rights heroes of my youth are fading away, I'm extremely proud as an American to see this (mostly) new generation of activists taking up the mantle of racial justice - the great unfulfilled promise of our nation. Power to the people!

Kenneth Cambiano

LIVES MATTER. If you need a color in front of those words you are a racist. I’m sick of this let’s quit it and move on. We have way bigger problems in our world right now that are being overlooked.

Raymond Lewis

For some Mr. Cambiano, attention to this problem (or the lack there of) is as big as it gets.

Kenneth Cambiano

Just another way to divide this country. It really does need to be brought to attention and stopped.

Gary Scoggin

Stopped by who ? How? Does the First Amendment matter here?

M. FARRIS

BLM is no longer about blacks... They defend defunding our police so it’s a BIG NO from me! People should open their eyes to the real agenda now!! SMDH!

Brenda Bock

No - Covid 19 is as big as it gets. NO lives matter to this disease. Now is not the time to protest in groups.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

American Systematic Racism is the African-American COVID-19 too. We do our best to ignore it at times, we wear masks praying it won't impact, it causes breathing issues, unspoken anxiety and can lead you to the hospital (the stress of it all).

Carlos Ponce

Kimberly finds racism where there isn't any.

M. FARRIS

Thank you!!

Kenneth Cambiano

It doesn’t matter what color you are green,red,black,blue,white or brown we need to all act like Americans and join together as one race the human one. Can you imagine how great America would be. Where you could actually use all of your amendments and not get criticized or judged. People really need to try their hardest to make it work instead of fighting it.

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