9-Year-Old Girl Delivers Tearful Speech, Reminds Us How to Be Human
“We shouldn't have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side,” she said.
For Zianna Oliphant, a fourth grade student in Charlotte, keeping quiet about injustice and police brutality was not an option.
Oliphant spoke Monday at the first Charlotte City Council meeting organized on behalf of the violence and protesting that has entered the city following the killing of an African-American man, Keith Lamont Scott.
Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a black cop on Tuesday and protesters have emerged as the debate about whether or not Scott was armed or dangerous continues.
Oliphant delivered an emotional account about what it means to grow up in Charlotte, and as tears streamed down her cheeks, the room was grew silent.
“I’ve come here today to talk about how I feel, and I feel that we are treated differently than other people,” she said. “I don’t like how we’re treated. Just because of our color.” Pausing only to swallow tears, the brave young girl composed herself and continued on with her speech.
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"It's a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can't see them anymore," she said. "It's a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. And we have tears. We shouldn't have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side."
After her speech the nine-year-old told NBC News, "Kids, they're like shy. But I'm not shy to tell them how I feel about it.”
Video of the speech immediately went viral. A post by CNN has been views by 20 millions times and shared about 350,000 times since Tuesday.
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