A woman dining outdoors who was harassed by protesters in Washington, D.C., wrote an op-ed saying she didn’t like being bullied for not raising her first, but that she still supports the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lauren Victor, a photographer and urban planner, has since taken part in Black Lives Matter demonstrations since the incident, according to an opinion piece she wrote for The Washington Post on Friday.
“I wholeheartedly support the Black Lives Matter movement,” Victor wrote. “I also support an individual’s choice to participate in a protest, or not.”
“It is never okay to coerce people’s participation; that is just bullying, Victor wrote. “To be clear, this is not an argument against anger, expressed loudly, about terrible things that are allowed to happen,” she added.
“My desire is simply to see the vital energy that anger gives rise to be effectively directed to bring about important, lasting change.”
Video of the incident shows a crowd surrounding Victor chanting, “white silence is violence,” and telling her to “put your fist up,” . Victor said that she did not raise her fist because she did not know what the crowd was protesting, and that no one in the group would tell her.