9-Year-Old Girl Sobs While Addressing Racism & Police Shootings At Charlotte City Council: 'We Are Black People & We Shouldn't Have To Feel Like This'
Zianna Oliphant may be little, but she's got a big voice and a powerful message.
In the wake of Keith Lamont Scott's controversial killing at the hands of a plainclothes officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, people took to the streets to protest.
And, on Monday, Charlotte City Council held its first meeting since the demonstrations erupted.
During the meeting, 9-year-old Zianna stood behind the podium, emotionally addressing racism and police shootings before the council, saying:
"I came here today to talk about how I feel, and I feel like we are treated differently than other people. And, I don't like how we're treated just because of our color. Doesn't mean anything to me."
The little girl began to break down, and exclaimed, with tears streaming down her face:
"We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this. We shouldn't have to protest because y'all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to, and have rights."
Through her tears, the inspiring youngster composed herself, and continued:
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