Viral Video Of Protesters Harassing A Woman Dining Is Facing Backlash

Some critics are calling the mob of white BLM protesters harassing a woman to put up her fist in solidarity a “gift to Trump,” and “performative nonsense.”

Protesters swarm around diners in Washington D.C. | Twitter/ Fredrick Kunkle
Protesters swarm around diners in Washington D.C. | Twitter/ Fredrick Kunkle

A widely-shared video of white protesters harassing a person sitting outside at a restaurant has been hit with a wave of backlash. 

On Tuesday, Washington Post reporter Fredrick Kunkle shared a video of a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington D.C. and said they were confronting white diners at restaurants nearby. In his tweet, Kunkle also said they were chanting “white silence is violence!” 

In the video, a swarm of what appears to be mostly white people closed in on a dining patron who Kunkle identified as Lauren B. Victor, and demanded she raise her fist in solidarity with the movement. Victor did not comply with the protesters and was shown in the video calmly talking to the crowd of people. 

She later told Kunkle that she felt like she was “under attack,” and that she had “been marching with them for weeks and weeks and weeks.” 

“I’m very much with them,” Victor told Kunkle. “In the moment, it didn’t feel right… I wasn’t actually frightened. I didn’t think they’d do anything to me.”

While many people online made comments about how the crowd was predominantly white, he did note that a “young Black woman leading the protest Monday asked White protesters to step forward.”

Kunkle also shared another video on Monday that showed other protesters surrounding white diners and accusing them of “white privilege.” 

Large protests have continued almost daily throughout the summer in parts of the country since George Floyd was killed in police custody at the end of May. The protests have recently renewed after a video surfaced of Kenosha, WI police shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back. According to family members, Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.

The video of protesters accosting Victor has been viewed more than 10 million times on Twitter. It has also received criticism from many people calling out the crowd being mostly white and saying the protest tactics are “counterproductive” to the Black Lives Matter movement. Others called it a “gift to Trump.”