Students join protest in Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill city leaders planned to offer face masks to protesters who don't have them and water, as temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s.
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I worry about my dad whenever I see like, whenever he drives and I mean, I'm afraid that he's gonna fall victim to police brutality. So that's why I'm not here today. What is it like that? I mean, he's a person. I mean, he kind of has a temper, but it's like he should be allowed to, you know, have a temper, you know? So I'm just afraid that one day he's going to take it too far. This is really scary to think about it. Yeah, I'm also here in support of my family because, I mean, we're black and, like, we shouldn't be fearful toe walk down the street just because of the color of our skin. Like I like my sign says, the color of our skin is not a weapon. And I just want to show my support for the movement. And I want everyone to have a voice or not, And why was it important to be there physically? I think that there's there's power in numbers, are the more people are out here. Lawmakers see that there's like, big and like math support out here and the way have you might actually get something done? I think it's so easy to see a post on like Instagram and just, like like it and then go on about your day. But to actually be here physically with so many people who have the same ideals, is you is just really powerful. We're gonna concrete change two year old ones I would like for, I think, instances of police brutality to be taken a lot more seriously. Because, I mean, with George Floyd, the guy, the police officer, Detective. He got to go back home to his family that same day. And he was at home for, like, a good couple of days later before anything was done. And I feel like nothing would have been done had there not been protester around the country, you know? Yeah, you can Dio. Yeah, WR OK, Thank you. Thank you. Yeah, like you are Certainly. Yep. And we are live. Okay, great. Your name. My name is Allison. A l L s o n a Layer a l l A i r e hyphen James J A M E s. I do live in Chapel Hill. I'm here today because I'm just sad. It's heartbreaking what's going on? And, um, the main reason I'm here today and standing up today is because I'm going to paraphrase something that Martin Luther King Jr said was that What's worse then, hateful words from my enemies is silence from my friends. So I'm here today. I've never done anything like this before. Um, I mean, my heart's been in on the Children's minister at University Baptist Church, and we teach God's love for everyone. But today I really felt compelled to be here because I don't want to remain silent to the community. I think the whole community needs to know that black lives matter, and we need to stand up for what's right. It ISS I'm feeling in my heart because, like I said, I love Children And, you know, I would have thought by this time 2020 that things would have been better, that our Children could live together in peace and harmony. And that's not happening. Um, I know mothers who have black sons, um, and it breaks my heart to feel that they have to have that talk with them about how they have toe, um, react when they're pulled over. Um, and that's just it's crazy. It shouldn't have to be that way at all. Everybody should be and I'm still waiting for the day when we can judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. And another thing that Martin, of course, Martin Luther King Jr is a hero of mine. Um got this banner saying some other things that he said, but that's just just I just think about the Children, you know? I think about there's all these sons and fathers and sisters and brothers who are dying at the hands needlessly of the police. I just have to be here just to sort of break the silence. This and other I pray. So I price so. I mean, it's been a long time coming. Why has it taken so long? So something different needs to be done. And again, that's why I'm here today. This is different for me. That's why I'm here. To that I'm protesting that black people are not treated fairly that they're judged just by the color of their skin and not by who they are. Racial profiling. I mean, that kind of set has to stop. It has to stop. Yeah. How are you? Good. Do you want wrl? All right, you can look at me at first. Could you tell me your name and how you Stella David Perry, PR and your title Assistant vice chancellor and chief of police for UNC Police Department. What do you think about the protests going on here? I think it's a great show of support for what's happening in our state, in our region, in our country. And what do you feel like? It's the responsibility of police officers as these protesters make a number of demands of police. So listen into effect change and to be people, the Guardians, who we said we would be when we took the oath to serve and protect. When we see things that are not right, we should take immediate action to correct those things. We've made significant changes and improvements since my arrival, and with the support of the administration, we're gonna continue to improve and listen to our campus community wages here to support. Thank you. Test test. You guys may. Yeah. Thank you so much for coming out. It really means a lot to see that people in the Chapel Hill car, bro local communities are willing toe show our solidarity on this matter. People are dying every day. We see it on the TV. You've seen it on the news we've seen on social media and that is not okay. We can't stand by and simply wait for things to happen way can't stand by and simply wait for change to be made. This protest and all the others that are happening across the country in the world are in support of this change of reforming the criminal justice system of enforcing and upholding racial equity and justice in the United States and the world, and getting all those who do not believe in that and who do not support that out of power. There have been a lot of flyers handed out some of the steps that we can take in this local community. First step de funding the police. There is a town hall meeting coming up on June 10th. They mean to allocate almost $16 million to the Police department, largest part of the budget, 24%. Only 1% of this budget is allocated toe housing and community. How can that be possible? How can we in the capital community, as people who claim that we care about change. Allocated 1% of our Tom budget toe housing and community way need to demand that Town Council and the mayor do not fund 24% of the budgets of police and increase that 1% of housing and community. We need to also hold local law enforcement accountable. We need to call the Chapel Hill, UNC Carbo police departments and the man that they hold a zero tolerance policy on violence and the killing of Unveil I, Elin and willing people have been arrested way cannot allow for police brutality anymore. We've seen here on this campus in this very Kwan effects that white supremacy has in this town. You see it all over the South. We see it all over the country. It's not OK, and we're all here and supporting change. And I am so happy that everyone can be out here so that the plans for today's event we're having several speakers speak to you all, including the president of the N W. A. C p of the Raleigh Apex area, community activist, community artists, pastors from local churches, town council members. We want to show that we are in solidarity on this. We want to show that we all care. Or will it are and are willing. And excuse me and are willing and ready to have leaders who care about this too. If you support that, please let me hear your voices. I know you a little bit better than that. Please let me tell you a little bit louder. And they face that there any in the case that there are any health or emergency situations. PMS is on clothes. Stand by. I know it's a really hot day. I'm so happy that we all can be out here. There should be water in the area as well as back there. If you need any, please come to me or anyone else. And they are happy to give you water. Can I please ask that Pastor David Matteo of the United States of Chapel Hill come up already the past? It will be here shortly. In any case, I'm not several other speakers to come up. If I've asked you to speak and you please step forward So we know you're here. Okay, take my mask off, But please continue to give you my six feet healthy. All this time. Can I get a round of applause for that? Everybody I don't want Think of it. My name is Jamal. Rise. Rashidi Williams and I want to tell you about myself before I go into exact reason. Why here? Um, I'm an African American Muslim mill born Muslim, raised throughout the country. I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and my parents, who reverted to Islam. We're both in the Air Force. When they left the Air Force, they wanted to find principles and disciplines in a religion that reminded them of what they found in the airport. So they chose Islam and then raised 20 Children. After that in the household, on Islamic principles, it made me who I am. I started school great, above the Mason Dixon line in South New Jersey, in a small town called Pleasantville, New Jersey, just outside of Atlantic City. At about middle school, I moved down to just outside of Lynchburg, Virginia. So think about those two different areas right there in the age that I was, I was trusted, you know, kind of into South West Virginia, South side, south West Virginia, Um, as a black American Muslim when I got some Virginia. The very first thing I could remember seeing was the Confederate flag. This is no longer. At the time, I had no idea what it waas it honestly wasn't taught to. I don't remember it being taught in middle school in New Jersey. I don't remember if it was or not. I don't know. So I remember asking one of my classmates. What is that? And he told me, You don't want to know. So course, what does that make me want to do? Maybe want to know. So as I didn't progress through middle school high school, I can remember being in history class and I had a history teacher who was a former Air Force guy. So I just knew that he and I had a really good connection. So I would ask him questions about this Confederate flag and just the entire movement. At that point, I realize that it was an entire history behind that one flat, and I would always be kind of pushed to the side kicked out of the classroom, sometimes sent the I S s and I remember one time even being told. Wait till Black History Month and we'll tell you about it? Of course. I didn't realize how disrespectful that waas, but it it made me scratch my head a little bit. Like, Why wait till then to tell me about this? Like what is there? What about it? You know I don't get it, so let him get there. Um, after high school, I became a music art. That's where the rise Russia comes in. I felt myself compelled to speak about all my experiences that I went through growing up. So I became a popular music artist at the time. But I wasn't exactly talking while about popular music content, if you could, all right. But I continue to navigate, do the things that I did in the middle of all that. That same high school that I went to school and I shouted out Randolph, every high school in Virginia, home of the state's shut out to them. The principal call me back and said, Hey, we have to be pretty active. Can you come speak to the students the first day of school? Absolutely. But I made for Let's do it. So I got up. I wrapped to the students. They loved it a little controversial. But of course, just like them telling me Don't acts about the flag. You don't want to know about it. They want to know more about it. So I stuck around and talked to the kids. We'll make this story a little shorter. Fast board that I ended up taking a job at that school to do exactly that five days a week. Talk to those kids, let them know and understand what it's like to be on the other side of the fence and not know some of that information that isn't in the history books and that you might not hear about so February. Also, to teach him a little bit about other common sense life, things that aren't talk to some kids through a curriculum. But that's another protest, right? I moved here Rollie about seven years ago, into the job at Millbrook High School to shout out to the Wildcats high school in North, um, to do the same exact thing, but also to coach basketball. Be honest. I had to get something there for myself, but as I was doing that, I started realizing that there was a very vast difference off the Millbrook High School. Rollie, a community midwife, came from It was 50 50. It rained. All friendly was split right down the middle. 1/2 was white, 1/2 was black. There was no other. It might have been one person that was up, and that was really many. Honestly, because my mother is from the Cape Verdean Islands off the west coast of Africa, and people really didn't know what I was. One everything else is 50 50. Know Brooke is very 30 30 30. I started realizing when I got here. This was 2013. I was 29 years old. I think I was 35 now. Some, um I started realizing that even as an adult with an extensive career, a good resume, a college degree that I was still being judged, it looked at and black American. Actually, American probably came last. It was even their Muslim made people looked at me strangely. Wonder what was the agreement and why I was here talking to their Children. Well, qualified me to be able to talk to a white kid. We couldn't relate to my back room and what I never did in that school was provoked. My music today, I've never I didn't I wasn't even school of music that I was only there to promote idea. But one thing there wasn't keeping, came up to me and said, Hey, man, I know and he pulled up and they didn't. It was a song that I wrote called mis educated that I told the story about my history. Teacher, get a chance. My club, That song. It goes a little more detail on that. My point in telling that story is that if you only look at me from the surface and I only introduced myself and told you my name is Jamal Rise Russian Williams and I'm a Muslim American. You can take an entire prejudice in your mind and paint the entire picture of me. And you wouldn't know that I'm a prominent mentor in a very well populated world. Diverse heist. And I say that pro because I do understand that I am judged by those first few things that I mentioned before you even get to know who I am as a person. I am also time. I'm 35. I brought my son out here with me today. Step up top when I think back to that kid that was in that history class. And I think about my forward thinking about man when I'm in this world and I have Children and I hopefully have a son also have two other daughters. Pray for me, please. Um I thought about myself having not to do all of this, him not having to face in unison. I really honestly felt that that would not be the case. That would not be his reality. I faced those things my father faced. Those things got arrested. Soul. My son will not have to basis. Unfortunately, he has already actually the question What is the difference between white people and black? My response to him was You don't have to worry about that right now. It doesn't matter whether you're white, black, green or purple. Treat everybody to say with that. My response with next question Why did they treat us? And that broke my heart and I didn't have an answer for that question. This was before this was weeks ago, just several weeks ago before towards glory losses, life. And just after my Horbury losses, he already at eight years old You are right. Thank you. Had enough, I had seen enough to be able to articulate those questions to do. And even as he is here for one of those questions, it broke my heart. You have to stay spot. You don't know. You don't like being in the spotlight. I say that to say nobody out here is expected to have all the answers. If you're white, we don't expect you to know exactly what to do. What what to say? I've been asked the question. What can I do? What can I think? Help. I don't know. I don't know exactly how to answer that question. And right now I'm so frustrated and angry. I don't even want to think about it. I can't think about it at the moment because my thoughts are so cloudy. I'll be honest, which I see some of the rioters and I dont trail. This is. And if you know anything about Martin Luther King. He spoke about those rioters in a veteran and a quote. I cannot quote it directly, but he spoke about urban rights and he said, they know I don't agree with them. They need to be paid attention to, if I'm not mistaken, he called him a social phenomenon. That's very important because we all love to quote Martin with the king and his people, peaceful protests. But understand that that was playing a Let's talk about its Plan B and C, and I don't know what plan went on right now, but for what I do as a mentor in a music artists, I write my feelings, and I share my feelings through my audience. So right now is I have this audience I would like to share running the pieces I wrote in regards to that question that my son asks me, Taking a knee makes more sense than pledging my allegiance to a country that's acting like they don't want me. I guess I'm leaving. Take me to 1/3 World country. But I survive it because out here I could be shot dead while I'm jogging or vibing up in the crib and catch a hot one like him bottom. And even if they pick up them charges, they'll probably drop him. They claiming they're protecting the city, gets we in government. I'm a black man riding with my pro. They think we rob it and they go pulled me over and slowly approached the car with the button off the holster. And I'm supposed to become got me feeling like even when I'm right, I'm wrong. I guess they left me no rights. But the bear these arms im not a preacher, one of charity sums and I believe him. I just think right now into Tom. My mom said his piece if you believe in Islam but I confined war in the Bible and the Koran. Come on, come on. So how long we're going? Right before we win the alone and start purging all the preference in the race is along with the pedophiles and shoot the rapists in the rest instead of just shooting Hispanics and shoot blacks theme. For years we've been raising the volume about this violence, trying to turn it louder than that white coat of salads. We'll see that hate that we're reading all in the comments. You see what I see and nothing only you astonish. I got friends that really hate it when I wrap this way. But guess what we friends. If you ain't feeling the same, can you relate When you see that blood spilling the streets and it's the same as that Black blood is still in your veins. You don't get it. You're the reason that we in defeat. It's been a pandemic. They sending us six feet before the great recession. They ruined our Wall Street before they killed Martin in Memphis. This thing was bleak. 40 lakh meek pavilion in the street. My brother Tyreke had a case in Philly. He had to beat. He had a firearm and a present. No harm. Never had a felony. And they commit no crime in a city. You better have it for when things go wrong or have somebody else trying to tell you what happened to Mom on social media. They saying I can't believe he's gone. They're saying the mean and I can't keep Tom. I can't prove that night. Do no wrong. I had my hands on the William still side the car. I'm for labor. Past spill out. Burkett, the school. When did I become a threat to you? Oh, come on. Come on. I was walking home. It was raining. I put my hood er, this white boy pressed upon me. He had a weapon on my name's Travon and yeah, might have been high. You're writing tickets for that now? Why? I got it done. If my killers justified the right here, I got a lot. What around? For me? For billing rules Don't apply, huh? They got very much for your time. I want to be critical of our people right now with no are white audience. This is a fight that we thought for a very, very, very, very, very long time. We don't care for just joining us. Thank you. And welcome. What? I want you to understand that this fight will not end today, Tomorrow? Next week, not November. Not next year. I don't know when it will in insurgent by the past. We don't see it end in sight at all. Please stay with us. Don't join us now. Any Lupus next week? Good afternoon. My name is David, but a on one of the pastors of United Church of Chapel Hill in ominous having my tail showing off. Astoria, Listen. Chapel Hill. Dr. King, I will say we are in Chapel Hill and Carver because justice is in this country. Dr V and diarrhea. It's Thomas in Chapel Hill, Carrboro. Booking Who? Still seeing Esther pIease. We are here this afternoon because we have a human and more of a reason to do it. People get the name of Tika. What? I said, I guess the momento there. The grassy own Umana Express on Mr Darko. Christos Hermanos here, man was you remind us are from Americanos. Get continuing. Continuing Chanda por una synesthesia ghar In this time of human degradation to express our solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters who continue to fight for justice that that's him to come right. This afternoon is not just any other afternoon. We are gathered here because the shadows of hardness, of racism and injustice continue to cause terror. And in our communities we feel the pain, fear and hopelessness that racial hatred produces in the most vulnerable, vulnerable groups in the hands of authorities who disappoint us with their actions. Authorities who choose the risk trust and the building of mutual relationships with the community in a change for racism in abuse. Instead of wanting to understand the compassionate and listen to their more palm pass and the needs of their own community, they have chosen the path of division and the correction and abuse any organization or authority which is supposed to guarantee the security and the strange in an off the relationships between the people and it's community off this community off its community but uses toe lie and apply internal policies that undermine the trust of that community. Not only become an agent of social division, but it also lacks ethical and moral values to maintain an atmosphere of peace, respect, equality and justice. Telling the truth, we are standing here in resistance because we will not allow racism and hefty to continue taking possession of this place. Our communities, our congregations in our relationships, our faith in our highest one off principles in palace to believe and fight for the word where good justice and equality always prevail over evil, injustice and abuse. I speak to you as a minister, but I also as a person who constantly has to demonstrate that people of color are not last in anyone. I am one who hostin there stood. I am one who has understood but who has not endorsed the game, that in order to be accepted, one must not hurt the feelings of the one with power and privilege. We commend every hate speech, action behavior in every policy that is against the dignity off our author American family whose only desire is to have a normal life in an environment of justice, equality and respect. We called them the hostile treatment off people. For the racial profile, we come down the indifference of those who buy, knowing what is good keep silencing containing this inhuman actions. We asked. God help us to find a way to stop the normalisation of violence and injustice, but more importantly, to help us remember that it is in our hands. It is our job to make things change. Whatever it takes. Come on, we don't want to be bought. We want to continue believing in the power of the community, the power of voting, the power of to place or remove those authorities that encourage hatred. Racism division is, um, segregation. They don't let our hope remind us that even though sometimes we feel that we are submerged in a deep whole of injustice, experiencing the desolation off the desperation that corrodes love, justice and equity will prevail. I would like to end by applying some phrases by most in your Ramiro to our context. We want the authorities to take seriously that the economy is useless if it is stained with the blood of the African American community in the name of God And in the name of the lung softy stuff on suffering, people pull Islam, impatiens rise upto having every day I ask you, I back you. I ask you in the name of God, stop the repression. Yeah, both of those speakers. Next up, we have time. A member of the Chapel Hill Town Council and a student at UNC allowable. All right. Good afternoon, everyone. I wish we were gathered here today under different circumstances. Once again, we're united in solidarity to mourn another senseless murder of a black person. In our nation we have lost mothers, brothers, fathers, sisters, Children. We're standing here today I wrote six feet apart. But we're not mass on our face. The world as we know it has changed. Travel has stopped. Economic activity has halted. Starbucks has closed. Going outside is even a risk. We're in the midst of a global pandemic, something our world hasn't seen in over 100 years. And yet this global health pandemic has still not managed to even put a dent in the systems of oppression and institutional racism that are prevalent in our country. Although our nation as a whole has yet to realize it, we have been fighting to viruses the cove in 19 virus and the virus of institutional racism. These two viruses share a lot in common. They both disproportionately impact communities of color, and neither of them have a long lasting here. Yet it's tiring trying to fight a virus that has no cure. So why fight? Why are we here advocating for change and protest? ING? Protests are not just exhibits of rage, hurt and anger. They're places where we mobilize and challenge each other to commit toe long lasting change. Some of the speakers before me have said this work won't change tomorrow. It won't change this November, and it's going to take a whole lot longer than next year. We cannot afford to stop fighting out, waving some homemade signs and walking down the street. We must commit to the difficult daily work of destroying these systems of oppression. Now we all have a role in this fight I want to take a special moment. If you're a white allies, please recognize which voices are missing from the spaces you occupied. Take a step back one more year and not only make space for those voices, but use your resource is your time and your platform as a white person to support and amplify our voices, however you can, we need to support black owned and black led businesses and organizations in our community like mama bits and entitlement. These organizations are the cornerstone of success in our town. We need to commit to a world where we celebrate black successes instead of mourning black deaths. One thing that we can all commit to do it is registering the vote and voting. We need to register voters who have been disenfranchised and marginalized for far too long. And if you're looking for an opportunity to increase political engagement and historically discriminated populations right here in our town, please think about joining. Activate I of C pledged to vote and pledged to help us register more voters. We need to change at every level of government, and the foundation of that is informed. Intentional voting. I have no parting words just like to take a moment of silence technology, those lives we have lost in these past two weeks, I missed euro. Give the president of the wrongly APICs in double lacy things like my father. I'm a better more him, my grandfather and my great grandfather. My family roots can be traced all the way back to the American Revolution. The one thing I want you all to know and to really understand, it's a marginal race. Those of us born in 1970 became the first generation in America of African Americans to be born with full constitutional rights. That wasn't a long time ago. That means that my mother, who shared their story with me about going to school and having bricks being thrown at her school books, that means my father, who when I told him that I was going to join the Air Force, he said, Son, you're really gonna understand what racism is when you join the military. It means my grandpa that after he came back from the Korean War, went to the library to go read a book and he was arrested for reading a book and the whites only section of the library. We're talking about my great grandfather, who before he deployed the your to go fight for somebody else's freedom that he didn't even have at home. There was some ladies called the Doughnut Girls, and they were passing out doughnuts and called the soldiers before they got on their plane and headed out. When the girls got to the black soldiers, they closed up their doughnuts and they close their coffee contained. This has been going on. What's too long? It's a day I'm Syrian with you, that is. President of the rally Apex n Double Lacey Pain. I stand in solidarity with the president of the Brunswick in Double A cp it support of Ahmad Avery in history. Louis built in Double a CP in support of Rianna Taylor and her friends. It's a point of the Minneapolis in double a sleepy president. The main reason that sparked and inspired us to be here the unfortunate reality that George Lloyd is no longer here with us today. Yesterday we watched his baby girl You don't television and tell the whole world at six years old Daddy change the world President Derek Charlson charge all 2000 and double a CP president across this country to deliver one message. The cities like Chapel Hill. We are done, Dahlia. Oh, wait. We are done. We have done Listen to these young men, More heart continue toe break Because the one thing that some of you may not be cognisant off was that George Floyd died on Memorial Day. His name will be some animus. What Memorial day? For the remainder of the time of our country. And it's because off a man on North Carolinians his name was Isaac Water. He came back from war war, too, And within three hours of him being, this starts from the United States military in right back here in North Carolina, police took up off a book, took him to an alley and they beat him. The chief of police took a BA town, pushed it down on Isaac waters, and I'd like water was blind for the rest of his life. What happened to Isaac Water and sparked President Truman to be segregate the military. President Truman, with Dingle, wants to be the first US president to speak to the organization that I lead double lasing. I'm saying this What you want to understand some? It's been going on too long. When I get in my car every day I take my driver's license out my wallet, and I put it on my day because I don't want any police officer ever getting uncomfortable with me. And that's because when I was 16 years old, I was traumatized, watching my friend reached to get his identification. And what's the police officer Shoot him while he was sitting in his car? We're dying. America is our home, too. We live here, we work here. We play here and for those people who who don't love people like you who hate people like me, I got a message for you today. Way a lacrosse, this nation. American people are living in a message to law enforcement that if you can't protect and serve us equally, we're going to take your badge back. Police Officer Bob, police officer. But so that they were Those were not their badges. Those Billy clubs, they have those enough. They really club. I really close those guns and uniforms hours, and if they can't do what's right, we're gonna take it all back. As I see all these beautiful faces out here in this audience. It reminded me of Air Force mission that I went on. We were in an inmate 53 helicopter, a special operations helicopter. I served in special operations before years, and I was in the rear of my team and I had my night vision goggles on. Everybody that I saw was green. I can't tell if you was black if you was white, if you were Hispanic, if you were Asian, even if you was a male, a female, the thing that identified us on our team was that American flag that was on our on our show. That's the thing that hold us together. And if it's anything that I learned in my time in Air Force Special Operations, is that the way we play together, the way that we practiced together, it has to be the way that we live together to the young people out here in this audience today. This is your time. This is your moon. And when I say that I say that to me, you don't have the wait to turn 18 years old to make an impact on this upcoming election. That means you can get out there and help register people to vote. That means you can help people get out there and get signed up for the United States Census, because everything between that election and that's senses is gonna have a direct impact on your life. So, as we said in the North Carolina in Double Lacy Pink forward together, I'm not gonna do better than that. Forward together, Forward together, together. Way, way. How's everybody doing? So my name is ever McCoy. I'm a native of North Carolina. Just moved back about three years ago. If you hear if they're troubling in my voice, it's because it's not because I'm fearful. It's because of anger, and I'm struggling toe impact. The emotion come along with the current state of America being black in America, we have numerous examples of there's things that you just can't do being black in shame, we have Rianna. Taylor can't can't go to sleep. You can't pay for your own apartment. Your business George flooring died over on the alleged counterfeit. So as I struggle before days about what I'm going to say and I couldn't come up, come over there. I'm going to try to I'm going to try to to to just free freestyle Just tell you how I feel. Unpack that most is I've been a black man in America When I was 16 I could have been fluid. I could've been all bear. I remember coming home I had just graduated or not just graduate. We had just finished a semester and signs of man and I got home. My parents just got me a car. I'm riding around town and I see 16 share Get behind. What I didn't know was that somebody had just robbed a gas station. That somebody I didn't know, But I fit in the script. And as I think, as I think, right now, it takes my soul to think that I could have, because when they finally caught up to me, I had 16 sheriff all shouting different instruction guns point at a 16 year old. I was scared his head. The only thing that saved me was my dad happened to be driving by. Think about that. What a coincidence. And so what I want you to understand is that black people have been here since the inception of this country. We didn't ask to be here. Come on way didn't build our own boats and come here. Your ancestors brought us here, stolen where we were and I think the what? Burn what burns James Baldwin once said to be relatively conscious in America, it's always been in a state of rage. Your black. It's always something going on. You can't. You can't be in the parking. You can't drive the work. You can't move into a white neighborhood. I can't go to the supermarket. A bodega. You can't even go to the bank. Remember, Remember, had a friend who went to the bank back in my hometown. We first went. It's Kobe thing. First pot. They told him he had to take his mask in the midst of a pen. I didn't ask anybody that looked like some of you to take your mask. He had to take his mask off. And when you when you think about it, sums up America, we aren't trusted. We aren't considered. When you get angry, would tell us to go back. Go back where? Wait, Go back. I surely can't identify where I'm from and already accepted me from the work the most today is? I don't think so. You know, it really is a comeback. I would give you some land we're gonna is. But what I want you to understand is that white sound in the midst of things. White silence in the midst of a police bounce, right? We just so white people go to rob armed to the teeth. And what a quick test of the day. You can come to this peaceful protest, but do not bring away hypocrisy. Now what I want to charge with Wait. When you're in space, white people, it's for you when you're in spaces where everybody isn't on board with black black lives. Man, is this what we are saying? Your lives don't matter. We're saying that Joe lives don't matter. This implicit too shouldn't have to say is an implicit toe. Black lives matter too. You are under attack way. See this? No, we have a president and not to make this political. But we have a president who just use military force. Come on. Now you know a man to take a picture in front of a church upside down, and if you look at it, he doesn't even look like he ever held about. So what we must do is in spaces where there are people who look like you. I think people who look like me are bad. You got a call them out Time to get out of your comfort zone. I was helping my father last night and I was telling him throughout my life I've noticed that black men go and notice Come on, This is the most lonely life to live in America. Come on in a black man And I'm not not acknowledging the black one The struggles He has a different struggling It's just It's all we walked down the street, black man White people look away on an out John presence We get ready Get elevated What? What? What? What? They do their part? Yeah, Onley time Seems there Black men are noticed When we're angry and we still are All we want to do is live our lives Every black person in America just won't a white races out of the way Move alone! Get out of my Children's Let us live a happy piece and what you need to remember Not gonna be But before you much won't just remember that if you have white friends, both black and white people, don't be easy. Don't make your friendships easy. Have a hard conversation. I have a friend. I just had a hard conversation with tough conversation, tough conversations because this person asked me to say, Well, what's wrong with saying all lives matter? I say, uh is because we are saying all lives matter. You know, if if my car's on fire, yours isn't in the fire department comes. You're gonna start the fire department. So what they need to do to put my car out to put the fire out of my car to tell Hey Oh, my matters, too. That's not always say it was that my life matters to. That's right. So I just want to charge you for future purposes in the future. If you see some sort of injustice happening, don't just go home and feel bad about do something to stop it. Too many times, people are scared that their lively is gonna be stopped. I had a situation. I was working in the Senate, working in the Senate for 10 years. United States. There was this black lady should be a mystery and I saw it and I stopped. Well, I became the target after, But you know what? The thing is that struggles are passed down. Science may say it's not. Struggles are passed down through your deal. Your struggle that you went through is inherently. Why we're still here is because of the struggle that I ancestors went through. There was something said, I'm not going to do this. I'm jumping off. They say that the sharks followed the boats as they were bringing people over because some of us weren't going to do a freedom and death with better get a life full of slavery. Life full of it's when our ancestors got here. I can only imagine what they went through and some of us and say that I'm not my ancestors. You can catch these things, but you gotta look at the time of your answer. You are go and sex every day. Gotta look at the signs of the time. What they were dealing with. Fact. Then they have no good. Some way registered and going up. You know, they didn't have some of them. Didn't even speak the same way. I didn't speak. You run way just had to go off body line. You know, it's so let's not judge history so harshly when we look at our you know, because we wouldn't be here if they want strong. And so, as you keep this movement going, think about that. I may leave here right now I got to get out of because I have a having a two month old. I may leave her right now and get stopped. And justice playing a little bit with fear. The moment of fear When the lights go off behind remote that moment of fear that kicks in. You don't have the luxury of staying in that now is the Bible. Yes. Yes, sir. No, sir. Is my license are in my glove compartment. Can I reach for my license? Our bug cannot get Are for me. My license. All right. Here, officer. You could grab right here. And so don't judge people for how they look. And the the biases that you have been taught. We all have subconscious bias. Don't look at me and be fearful just because I'm having a bad day. If you look at me and speak to me, you may be right. But just remember that we all got to get out of our conference. Like I said, Floyd died over an alleged counterfeit deal we are paying for. I don't think you realize we're paying for it. Our own execution. We're taxpaying citizens. Cops get paid off, taxpayer. We're paying to be executed in the street. And because some of you may never worry about your Children having to go out here, it managed to make it back. Have some. I charge you to be just as momentous in your support when all this dies down. Because the problem is that sometimes when it dies down and then they're starting back up, we can't find White Island, So just maintain its moment. Of that we have call up. A friend asked a friend, How did you got to remember that we're all human and all we want to do is live. I like to be. I appreciate you. Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for still being here. I was going to bring up one that speaker, and then we will commence with the marching part of this event. Uh, if Courtney McClellan, a member of the equity advisory team, is here today. Please come forward now. Kourtney, are you here? In that case again. Thank you. To all the speakers who have spoken there were today it is someone gonna be important. Let's go ahead in here one more time. The speakers today. All right. If you can Now follow me. We will be marching on Franklin Street. We will be in the street. You'll be demanding justice and saying I work. Yeah. How about okay? Oh, no justice, no justice, No. Okay. No. Well, way. Yeah. I can't breathe. I can't breathe my can. Free every way. Love, uh, way we face. No, no, no, no, no, no. Peace. Another. But they are aware. Covering. Yeah. No. Yeah, probably better. Yes. Oh, oh. Know why you're here. Okay. Streaming live on Facebook, But we'll walk with you. Okay? Yeah. Why are you out here today? Well, I'm out here today, for one is because number one I'm anti racial personal. I'm organized here in chapel here. Um, I have four grandsons. I have a husband and the fund. So this situation here is very, very pregnant and concerning, um and I just want to see change, you know, as a result of this tragedy. I'm very I'm very an imprint. Absolute. To see the young people is what I'm impressed by. White black, all colors out here, frightened for black lives. Matter which I'm honored, you know? And I hope that this going forward would change things for something you know, make them realize the wrongs that is existed in this country. So that's why my name is Betty Carry. I'm a community organizer here in Chapel Hill. Last name. You are curry powder. Correct. Thank you. You're welcome. All right. Have you ever seen Okay? Yeah. That is jumped off stage the book at him. Then he went back and started playing. We're not gonna take it water. Okay? Yeah. Battery later. Work on. All right. Coming up. Get a sad right now. Yeah, right. Good. Yeah. All right. Have a job hot enough for you. Okay. No, no, the same year. No. Now you live. 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