Snohomish, Washington

Black residents and people of color speak up about the moment their hometown made national headlines in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

On May 31, 2020

hundreds of armed residents — including local Proud Boys — occupied Snohomish’s First Street in response to a false Antifa threat, heavily armed and openly drinking alcohol. Rather than dispersing the crowd, local law enforcement and city officials stood with the vigilantes. In the weeks that followed, young residents formed the group Generation Justice through which they organized daily protests that drew crowds of up to 750 people to the small town.

This 70 minute film goes on to explore the community's response, the experiences of BIPOC residents leading up to May 31, and the path forward for Snohomish and the nation.

Director's Statement

This project began in August 2020 with the intent of creating a historical account of the events that had occurred in our hometown, and solutions for how we can move forward as a community and a nation.

The filmmakers, Carolyn and Drake are recent college graduates who grew up in Snohomish, WA.

“When we first began this project, I don’t think we ever expected to still be working on it over a year later. But in the time it’s taken to get this documentary across the finish line, it’s become clear how quickly our collective memory fades and how important it is that we accurately record history — especially when it’s ugly. I was a part of this project because I truly love Snohomish, but know that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure all of its residents feel safe and welcome.” - Drake

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