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'I want to jump out of my skin': Voices from the South Seattle march

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Crowds gathered Sunday for a major march in Seattle’s most racially diverse area. Protesters assembled at Othello Park in the city’s Rainier Beach neighborhood to demand an end to police violence and systemic racism, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. KNKX asked people at the "We Want To Live" march and rally what it feels like to be part of this moment. 

I want to jump out my skin. Honestly, I want to jump everywhere, I want to scream at the top of my lungs. I've tried this new thing called screaming in a pillow, and this is (like) screaming in a pillow together, as a community. — Michaela Morse

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To be honest, I wasn't sure about coming because of the pandemic, but now being here, seeing all these people that care about this gives me hope. — Moises Carmona of White Center, immigrant from Mexico

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You know, it's, it's overwhelming. There's so many emotions, like, seeing the community come together is beautiful, and it's heartwarming, but then it's also heartbreaking at the same time. It's like, why do we even have to be here in 2020? — Elle Marie, Seattle educator

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I mean, we're in the thick of it, right? It's a marathon. People will exhaust themselves. So doing the right thing, it takes work. — Marc Pacampara

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I guess the most emotional part is when I see little kids with their parents holding signs. It really touched my heart. — Marcio dos Santos

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Before we went to my first protest, I was kind of confused on, like, on the situation. And then when I got there, like, it moved me. From head to toe, I was moved. — Lorenzo Holcomb

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Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.