Meet The Families Protesting Racism And The President Together Outside Of His Tower

New Yorkers made a stand against hate with their loved ones.

Last night, a few days after white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va. turned violent,  President Donald Trump returned home to New York City's Trump Tower. There, he was met by protesters, protesters who were demonstrating against racism and xenophobia. Many had brought their children to the event, a decision that felt important in Charlottesville's aftermath. It was a vote of confidence cast in the peacefulness of the protest and a demonstration of New York City's own family values.

A Plus spoke with a number of the groups who came out together to demonstrate. As they say, the family that protests together stays together.


Jane and daughter Emma, from Manhattan

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Manhattan resident Jane arrived at the protest with baby Emma in one hand and pink sign reading "silence is complicity" in the other.

"This is not her first protest," the New Yorker told A Plus. "She has been attending them since she was 18 days old."

Gia and Cheryl, from Brooklyn

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There were also parents who were persuaded to come out by their grown children. As Gia told A Plus, "Families should be involved with everything that's happening." 

Cheryl, Gia's mother, told A Plus she was genuinely happy to be there. "I think it's important to stop racism. I'm so happy to see everyone. This is truly a melting pot, I'm encouraged, I think that even though he meant this for evil we're going to turn it around and make it good and positive. So, we've gotta change," she said.

Karen and Andrew Binder, from White Plains

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Karen and Andrew Binder brought their two children to the protest all the way from Westchester because, as Andrew put it, "We brought them here to show them what democracy looks like, and to show them that parents, and children too, should have a voice in what goes on in the country."

Karen also told A Plus that it is important to show their family that they are on the right side of history, "They are both interested in history and we all kind of wonder what we would have done if we were at a different time in history, civil rights, World War II... We want to take part and be on the right side of it."

Lee Metcalf and daughter, from Manhattan

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Lee Metcalf used this protest, and others, to provide a civics lesson to his daughter.

"We wanted to expose her to this type of thing, it's not her first rally," he told A Plus. "She went to the Women's March the day after the inauguration. And, we really, kinda want to show her that, you know, she can grow up being civic, and not feeling helpless like she can't fight city hall. And she can go out there, and protest, and have something to say and think."

Chris, with his son, from Rhode Island

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Chris thought it was important to show his son that he was not alone, telling A Plus, "I wanted my son to see that there are a lot of people out there that didn't like Donald Trump either." 

But what exactly are his son's concerns? "The wall," the boy told A Plus, "because I watch soccer and I root for Mexico."


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