In response to the death of an African-American man in Minnesota, a rally aligned with the protests in the U.S. was held at the Goya intersection in Okinawa City on June 12. About 300 people from in and outside of the city participated. Participants listened intently to the speakers, who passed the microphone as they took turns addressing them.
A former U.S. serviceman who lives in Okinawa discussed his experiences with racism in the U.S. and Okinawa. He said that “if we raise our voices, things will change. Blacks, whites, and Asians should all raise their voices to eliminate discrimination against their neighbors.” A man whose father is Mexican-American said that as a child, he was told “foreigners should go home” and that “people should start by understanding each other.”
Jinshiro Motoyama, who organized the event, said that many people were able to participate, and that the “connections forged through the event are valuable for the future.”