- Advocate Greshun represented #KNEEOFFMYNECK Coalition she founded in the DFW Pride for BLM on Sunday, June 28, 2020 to stand for equality and justice for all.
- Respected Advocate Greshun says, "I represent equality and justice for all wherever I go. There must be equality for all because inequality in any form with any group can permeate other groups."
- After interviewing with Kera Media, and posing for Dallas Observer and Dallas Voice, Advocate Greshun made other great memories.
- "Interestingly, when I approached in peace and calm while social distancing, the religious objectors stopped shouting and actually quietly listened to me," says Advocate Greshun
Greshun De Bouse is always doing something good! She is a true advocate for equality for all people, irrespective of individual differences. Advocate Greshun represented #KNEEOFFMYNECK Coalition she founded in the DFW Pride for Black Lives Matter on Sunday, June 28, 2020 to stand for equality and justice for all. She was joined by hundreds, perhaps thousands of demographically diverse persons to express their desire for equality and eradication of police brutality. Greshun told Kera Media’s Alejandra Martinez the following in her news interview when asked to explain the purpose of the coalition.
#KNEEOFFMYNECK is not only referencing police brutality, but it is symbolic of oppression relief in general, because if you have your knee on someone’s neck, you are oppressing and hindering them. Anybody who is oppressed or disenfranchised, I advocate for. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your personal choices are, you have the right to live in freedom and equality.
Wow. Recall how sympathetic Advocate Greshun has had at least four near death experiences all in the month of June 2020 alone, but she still finds strength and courage to advocate for the others. How does she keep going with her always eventful life? Amazing she is indeed! We wanted to know what the atmosphere was like, so we asked Advocate Greshun who said this,
Prior to the event, some organizers with whom I had communicated displayed negative, unprofessional behavior. However, my positive purpose is the best counter for such behavior, supercedes all else, and allows me to put differences aside and focus on the big picture of equality advocacy. I was particularly pleased with the cultural diversity at the event. Most all ethnicities and age groups were represented. It is beautiful when people unite irrespective of demographical differences. I met interestig people like mother-son duo Tammi and Ben Woodard. Tammi is a nurse and Ben is a very bright 16-year old young man who stated he supports BLM because “A lot of pride was started by people of color.”
I also interacted a good bit with one of the organizers, Sabrina Garza, and her 14-year-old daughter Isabel Martinez. I asked Sabrina why organizing this event was important to her and her daughter, and she simply stated “No justice, no peace. Until we see real change, we will not stop.” A sweet moment came amid me maneuvering through the crowd and a young lady-Anna Maria-handed me a simple yellow flower. She and friend Hannah Kersey stated they just were compelled to distribute flowers simply to make people feel good. This simple act certainly brightened my day.
Nurse Tammi and Ben can be seen posing with Advocate Greshun on Dallas Voice, representing #KNEEOFFMYNECK Coalition.
We then asked Advocate Greshun about advocating at an LGBTQ event and about BLM. This is what she had to say:
I represent equality and justice for all wherever I go. There must be equality for all because inequality in any form with any group can permeate other groups. Participation in a certain event does not necessarily mean I support everything the organizers or sponsors support or believe. It does not mean I indulge in the same lifestyle or any of that. The common thread is equality. All humans deserve it, and all else is irrelevant to me.
Participation means I stand for equality for all people like always. Understand. Equality should not have to be fought for because it actually is one’s God-given right, especially in America-land of the free-to live in freedom from bias or oppression. Unfortunately, because some persons or entities choose to oppress certain groups, I and others like me have to advocate for equality. I understand persons may have personal or religious beliefs about the LGBTQ community, and that is fine. However, that has nothing to do with equal rights.
All humans deserve to have equal rights in all areas period. Personal feelings and religion are not applicable when it comes to equality. Concerning BLM, During Opal’s Walk a couple of weeks ago, a caucasian PhD professor stated to me that BLM is very necessary and a WLM is not because there never has been a question of whether or not white lives matter historically. However, persons of color historically have had to fight to be viewed and valued as human. This was life-changing for me, having this caucasian professor express such views. Thus, I believe had black lives actually mattered historically, there would be no need for BLM. But because black lives have not mattered and still do not matter to many, BLM is necessary to advocate for black lives as mattering just as much as any other lives.
Loving Advocate Greshun always speaks so eloquently, and she is right. Equal rights are not a personal or religious thing, and the fight for black lives mattering continues to this day. Greshun told us that a religious group in opposition to the protest showed up and got into verbal altercations with one of the organizers and others. We asked for more details of course. Greshun said:
Suddenly, I heard then saw a commotion of sorts, and I was informed it was a group preaching the gospel of Jesus. Verbal altercations ensued and one group-Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence-even served as a barricade between the event attendees and religious objectors at one point.
Considering this was a religious group, persons around me who know I am a young lady of faith felt I could quell the situation for some reason. With my protective entourage in tow so-to-speak, I approached the group calmly and peacefully-maintaining social distance-while witnessing an event organizer yelling profanity at one of them-something I do not agree with at all. Interestingly, when I approached in peace and calm while social distancing, the religious objectors stopped shouting and actually quietly listened to me.
I stated three simple words. ‘God is love’. The religious group seemed amazed at my approach, and the leader simply stated ‘You’re right. He is’ in a calm reflective tone. This is a prime example of how being the change you want to see in others comes into play. I believe their is an appropriate way to do anything. Yelling and profanity often fuel a flame, and no one is heard. However, being respectful regardless of individual beliefs can be productive.
All of Advocate Greshun’s actions are intentionally productive. She is a great young lady of faith whose prayers are always answered clearly, considering she has escaped death more times in one month, than many escape in a lifetime. After interviewing with Kera Media, and posing for Dallas Observer and Dallas Voice, Advocate Greshun made other great memories. All of Greshun is just awesome!