A large crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters have accosted white diners outside several Washington, D.C. restaurants, demanding that they raise their fists to show solidarity with the movement.
Footage showing the demonstrators aggressively yelling at one woman in the Adams Morgan neighborhood went viral on social media and sparked a widespread backlash.
Many accused the protesters of acting like an 'aggressive mob' and using 'intimidation tactics' to order diners into submission. Responding to the footage, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough described the activists as 'horrible people'.
A large crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters accosted white diners outside several Washington, D.C. restaurants on Monday night, demanding that they raise their fists to show solidarity with the movement
The footage shows the woman, identified as Lauren Victor, being shouted at by white protesters after she refuses to raise her fist.
The group crowded Victor's table, with two female demonstrators leaning down and shouting in her face.
'Are you a Christian?' one of the women shout, outraged by the fact Victor was unwilling to raise her fist in solidarity.
'No justice, no peace!' the large group of activists then start yelling.
Victor later told
that she felt that she was 'under attack'.
1) In a scene that played out several times Monday, a Black Lives Matter protest that began in Columbia Heights confronted White diners outside D.C. restaurants, chanting “White silence is violence!” and demanding White diners show their solidarity. #DCProtests pic.twitter.com/fJbPM76vb0— Fredrick Kunkle WaPo (@KunkleFredrick) August 25, 2020
Ironically, Victor is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and has participated in many marches, but didn't want to be 'coerced' into showing support.
'In the moment, it didn't feel right,' she stated.
'I wasn't actually frightened. I didn't think they'd do anything to me. I'm very much with them. I've been marching with them for weeks and weeks and weeks.'
A large group of protesters walked through Washington, D.C. to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake over the weekend
Many on Twitter took issue with the race of the Black Lives Matter protesters accosting Victor.
Almost all of those seen in the video were white, with several people accusing the activists of undermining the positive work that black organizers have been doing in recent months.
'I see no black faces at all. These dopes will