Second Day of Protests in Wake of Garner Grand Jury Decision

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For the second day in a row, protesters have taken to the streets throughout the U.S. in wake of a grand jury decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the killing of Eric Garner.

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On Thursday, protests continued in New York City as well multiple locations throughout the the country including Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and more. Via NBC:

Thousands of protesters, chanting "hands up, don't shoot," and "shut the whole system down," marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, shut down parts of the West Side Highway, and staged blocked traffic in demonstrations all over Manhattan. In Chicago, hundreds of protesters walked onto an expressway and brought traffic to a halt on a busy thoroughfare. And in Washington, D.C, a large crowd staged a "die-in" a block from the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony near the White House.

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Protesters also marched through downtown Dallas and Indianapolis this evening.

Below are images from social media depicting Thursday's protests:

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Baltimore:

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If you have images/video from these or other cities, please leave them in the comments. We will update this post throughout the evening.

Image via Getty.

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This happened to me today:

I work in an inner city school system. 90% of my students are black. I am very much an Irish white girl, freckles and all. Today during my first grade group in which we were playing Go Fish, one of the boys casually said "My mom said black people and white people don't like each other". I responded "Why do you think she said that?" to which he shrugged. I said "Well. I'm white. Do you like me?" He said yes and the other little guy in his group piped in and was all "yeah she white and you black but we all like each other!" and proceeded to make up a little song about it while organizing his matching cards. The first child, looking confused, said "then why would my mom say that?" My response was "Well, it's true that some white people don't like black people. And some black people don't like white people. But that's not true of all people.". He seemed satisfied and told me to go fish.

I don't know... This must be so confusing to these young kids. They know something is going on, but it's tough to explain years of race relations to a 6 year old. I also don't think it's my place to be discussing these things with them, but he did ask me. Does anyone have any advice?