NEW YORK — Two healthcare workers knelt on the sidewalk along Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue and treated a large gash on a young man’s knee Friday afternoon. In his hands was a sign that read, “STOP KILLING BLACK PEOPLE”. He had fallen in a stampede to escape police breaking up a Times Square protest a few days before, but that hadn’t stopped him from coming out to this one.
The crowd was large enough, long enough really, that even as the medical workers swabbed and re-wrapped his wound, a continuous stream of people flooded the streets, stopping traffic and chanting “Black Lives Matter.”
The good Samaritans in scrubs work at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Brooklyn Infusion Center. They didn’t come to the protest, the protest came to them. Hearing the cheers from the roving crowd, a group of employees emerged from the cancer facility to applaud the protesters. One of the nurses noticed the young man’s bandages needed replacing as he was marching past and sprung into action.
Afterward, he resumed the march and the healthcare workers returned to their offices. “That was so beautiful,” one of them said.
A few hours later, just as New York has done every day