SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD/WESTFIELD, NJ -- A peaceful protest against "systematic racism" is planned to take place on Thursday, June 4, starting at 2:00 p.m. The march will start at Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, go south along Park Ave. and onto Martine Ave. in Fanwood, and turn left on North Ave. and end at the Westfield train station.
The protest was organized and promoted by Megan Troutman, a Westfield resident who recently graduated from Vanderbilt University. Troutman posted the information below in the Westfield, NJ Group page on Facebook.
Hey all!! I wanted to take this time to share an event that a few SPF friends and I have been planning for Thursday!
We are organizing a PEACEFUL MARCH that will be walking between Westfield / Scotch Plains / Fanwood in order to stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters against systemic racism. We want this to be absolutely peaceful and positive, so PLEASE do not bring any negative intentions to the march (or to the comments on this post).
We also want to stress the need for social distancing while we walk and wearing masks at this event, in order to protect all in attendance. My goal is to amplify my friends’ voices and stand with them, so I hope you consider joining us!:)
The post was met with mostly positive feedback from members of the Westfield, NJ group. However, support was not unanimous.
A response to the post by Anjali Ganeriwala Mehrotra has caused some concern. Mehrotra wrote:
Anyone who wants to be a true ally to Black Lives Matter should not be calling for a "Peaceful Protest" and asking that there be no negative intentions or posts.
All allies should be angry about systemic racism, and recognize that what they see around the country is the frustration and voice of groups that have remained unheard for far too long.
Scotch Plains Township and Fanwood Borough officials are aware of the planned protest for Thursday.
TAPinto will continue to report on this event.