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Photostream by Randy Blackford: Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman leads hundreds of marchers as to the Stop Asian Hate rally and march as the Plain Dealer, other local mainstream media essentially ignores Black leaders, elected officials and activists in its coverage....By Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders

Activist Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland and the Imperial Women Coalition leads hundreds of protesters as to the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021 Photo by Randy Blackford
Activist Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland and the Imperial Women Coalition leads hundreds of protesters as to the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021 Photo by Randy Blackford
Activist Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland and the Imperial Women Coalition leads hundreds of protesters as to the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021 Photo by Randy Blackford

The crowd at the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021 Photo by Randy Bradford 
Women's March Cleveland and the Imperial Women Coalition participated in the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021 Behind the banner are activist Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime Inc, activist Kathy Wray Coleman of Women's March Cleveland and Imperial Women Coalition, Congressional Candidate and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown, and activist Tawayne McGee

Cleveland activist Tawayne McGee holds up a protest sign at the the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021

State Representative Juanita Brent of Cleveland attended the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021

Protesters attend the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021


Ohio 11th congressional district candidates Nina Turner and Jeff Johnson have participated in at least two Stop Asian Hate rallies in Cleveland held in the past two weeks, including an event on Market Square in Ohio City, 2021 sponsored by Women's March Cleveland on March 24 and a mass protest in AsiaTown on March 28, 2021 that dew hundreds of protesters to the streets of Cleveland.

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Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman Basheer Jones, who spoke the Stop Asian Hate march held in AsiaTown in Cleveland on March 28, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Black Leaders, Black activists and Black candidates for Ohio's 11th congressional district seat joined hundreds in Cleveland's Asian community on Sunday for a rally in AsiaTown on Cleveland's largely Black east side, which followed earlier rallies and marches in support of Asians, including in Solon and by Women's March Cleveland last week at Market Square in Ohio City on the city's west side.


But you would not know it if you reference coverage by Cleveland's largely White local mainstream media, which virtually ignored the fact that Blacks of consequence were there, including Ward 7 Councilman Basheer Jones, whose ward includes AsiaTown and was the only Black man who spoke at the event.


Unlike others promoted by the media, they showed Jones and a few in masks but what not say who they were, and this was by design, sources said, and Black grassroots Cleveland activists were discounted altogether.


Cleveland is a largely Black major American city.


They also ignored the fact that Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition and Women's March Cleveland, helped to lead the march through the streets of AsiaTown.


Coverage by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com did not mention the name or quote one Black elected official who participated in the event, and this type of activity is routine for Ohio's largest newspaper.


"Activists are tired and fed-up of constantly being overlooked by Cleveland's mainstream media and we have a problem too about how they subordinate and overlook Black elected officials and Black leaders in general," said activist Alfred Porter Jr, who leads Black on Black Crime Inc and attended Sunday's event.


The recent nationwide outcry against hate crimes and harassment of the Asian community comes behind the shooting deaths in Atlanta by a White male gunmen of eight people at three different spas, six of them Asian women


Black elected officials joining Sunday's rally and march also included Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell, and state Rep. Juanita Brent of Cleveland.


Mayoral candidate and former Cleveland councilman Zack Reed was also among the prominent Black dignitaries there.


Ohio 11th congressional district candidates Nina Turner, John Barnes Jr, Shontel Brown and Jeff Johnson were also there, Turner a former Ohio senator and Bernie Sanders surrogate, Brown a county councilwoman and chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, and Barnes Jr., a former state representative.


Also a former state senator, Johnson represented AsiaTown when he was a councilman.


Protesters chanted "Stop Asian Hate," "No Justice No Peace, "Asians Are Welcome Here" and other chants as they marched through the community streets of AsiaTown .


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