More than 200 Tulsans gather for a "Rally Against Hate" in front of city hall, then a march

Posted at 9:06 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-20 21:05:17-04

TULSA - More than two hundred Tulsans made their voices heard at a Rally Against Hate in front of city hall Friday.

Black, white, Native American, gay and straight; the faces in the crowd came together. 

“We’re out here saying this is what Oklahoma really looks like and we’re not going to take what they’re giving us right now. We resist that," said rally organizer Tyke Brean McClain.

They came together not just for themselves but the person to their left and to their right.

“This didn’t just start in Charlottesville, it didn’t start with this election, this stuff has been happening in this country for longer than that," said local activist Olivia Ramirez.

The flames of Charlottesville igniting many of these cries for unity and justice.

“I was horrified, absolutely horrified.”

Linda Bell brought her 14-year-old daughter Kitty.

“I’ve told her what a beautiful place this world is and how she can be what she wants to be, and then the news is filled with such hate," she said.

Step by step, block by block, more than 200 people marched.

“We’re all seeing all of the horrible things that are happening and we don’t want to grow up to live into that," said Linda's daughter Kitty Bell.

Each stride against hate, white supremacy, racism and in many cases the president.

“We’re just two people in this world, but you get two more people, and two more people and then you end up with a crowd, and when you have a crowd people pay attention," Linda said.

The organizer hopes Friday's rally inspires more people to come together and stand up for those that may not look like them.

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