With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the Cape, Tameeka Reid, of Yarmouth, stayed mostly at home, donning a mask to run to the grocery store for essential items.
But the death of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police officers had her joining protesters Saturday on Hyannis Village Green.
“I’m just tired of waking up in the morning, turning on the news and seeing another innocent black person killed. Something needs to be done,” Reid said. “It’s outrageous.”
For people of color on Cape Cod, Floyd’s agonizing and videotaped death by a white officer, who has been charged with second-degree murder, has been a call to gather in person and online to protest, to grieve and to support each other.
“I have had enough,” said the Rev. Will H. Mebane Jr., pastor of St. Barnabas Church in Falmouth.