Tamika Mallory says "America has looted black people" in Black Lives Matter speech
1 June 2020, 16:55
Tamika Mallory is a prominent activist who co-chaired the Women's March in 2017.
American activist Tamika Mallory has demanded justice for George Floyd and black people at large at a rally in Minneapolis.
Last week (May 29), Tamika Mallory, who co-chaired the Women's March in 2017, joined people protesting police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of a white police officer. During a rally in Minneapolis, she gave a speech in which she calls out Americans for being more concerned with buildings being burned than black people being killed.
Tamika said: "We are in a state of emergency. The reason why buildings are burning is not just for our brother, George Floyd. They’re burning down because people here in Minnesota are saying to people in New York, to people in California, to people in Memphis, to people all across this nation: Enough is enough…"
Tamika then added: "I don’t give a damn if they burn down Target because Target should be on the streets with us, calling for the justice that our people deserve. Where was AutoZone at the time when Philando Castile was shot in a car?"
She continued: "There’s an easy way to stop it. Arrest the cops. Charge the cops. Charge all the cops—not just some of them, not just here in Minneapolis. Charge them in every city across America where our people are being murdered. Charge them everywhere. That’s the bottom line. Charge the cops. Do your job. Do what you say this country is supposed to be about, ‘the land of the free’ for all. It has not been free for Black people, and we are tired."
Watch the speech below:
"America has looted black people. America looted the Native Americans when they first came here, looting is what you do. We learned it from you. We learned violence from you. If you want us to do better, then damnit, you do better.” —Tamika Mallory, Nat. Co-Chair of Women's March pic.twitter.com/EP2VpnCYMw— bengarvin (@bengarvin) May 29, 2020
Tamika ended the speech by reminding white US citizens that they looted first. "Don’t talk to us about looting. Y’all are the looters. America has looted Black people. America looted the Native Americans when they first came here. Looting is what you do. We learned it from you. We learned violence from you. So if you want us to do better, then, damn it, you do better."