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Markus Vinson: The voice behind the chants

On May 30, Anchorage’s Town Square Park was filled with mask-clad Alaskans bearing cardboard protest signs. Their messages read, “Silence is Betrayal,” “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and notably, “Say Their Names.” The diversity of messaging was mirrored by the individuals carrying them. The rally cry, however, was more laconic: “No justice, no peace!” Although the impetus behind the rally was the brutal murder of George Floyd on May 25, the scene in Town Square Park showed that the issue is much deeper than one man—or even one race. Those in attendance were fighting against systemic racism, classism, sexism, and cissexism, built into everyday life in America. Fittingly, the person

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