Yorkers march for unity

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Locals came out to York City on Thursday afternoon to let their voices be heard and promote unity
  • About 20 people participated in the unity march
  • Another unity march is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

One thing could be heard above the bustling of rush-hour traffic Thursday afternoon in York City near Continental Square.

Community members stand on the corner of Beaver St. and Market St. with american flags and signs to create unity and peace, during a Unity Walk Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in York City. Amanda J. Cain photo

"One people, one voice!"

It was the sound of a small group of Yorkers, marching and chanting for one thing — unity.

Since Tuesday's election, many locals have felt the need to come together to promote unity, which some said was endangered by the words of President-elect Donald Trump during a particularly nasty campaign. Local activists John Beck, of York City, and Tony Strouse, of Dover, set out to bring people together and have their voices heard.

Community members stand with american flags and signs to create unity and peace at Continental Square Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in York City. Amanda J. Cain photo

Issues: Among the many people expressing their opinion was Terrell Turner, of Stewartstown, who held up a sign saying "Fight for Unity."

Turner said he wasn't happy with the election results and felt it was his civic duty to do something about it.

"You owe it to yourself," he said.

Turner said he had heard about the issues reported earlier that day at York County School of Technology, where minority students were alleging racial harassment after the election.

"That's coming from the winning side," he said.

On that note, he pushed for unity among all people. He said with the way things are going  post-election, he was not expecting improvements. That is why he was out among the people.

"People need to be the examples," Turner said.

Vo-Tech freshman Drayden Raber, 14, was among those who came to the march. He, too, felt he needed  to let people know that the words he was hearing were not indicative of everyone.

"I don't want them to feel like every white person is racist ... because they're not," he said.

Drayden lamented what was allegedly going on at the school, noting that school officials always try to make all students feel welcome.

Unity: While many at the event had signs protesting the president-elect, Strouse said he didn't really want it to be only focused on that.

"I don't want this to be about politics," he said. "It's about coming together."

Jerri Jadsek, of York City, echoed those sentiments.

"We have to make peace," she said, "even if you don't like the person who was (elected) president."

Jadsek said she fears the election is driving the country further apart.

"I think that if we can just maintain some peace during this really difficult transition for all of us, the Democrats or the Republicans, then we'll get through it," she said.

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From the square, Strouse led the nearly two dozen people down West Market Street, to Penn Park and back, all while holding signs and chanting. They were met with many cars honking, apparently in solidarity with the cause.

"Let's show them we're united," Strouse said.

Another unity march is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Continental Square. For more information, check here.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.