A brave young girl spoke from the heart at an open Charlotte, NC City Council forum about the violence she’s witnessing African Americans going through in her city.

Through her tears, nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant told the council, “I’ve been born and raised in Charlotte and I’ve never felt this way ’til now…And I can’t stand how we’re treated.”

“It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore.  It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them.  We have tears and we shouldn’t have tears.”

The city council meeting was the first after the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Scott.  Residents packed the room to criticize Charlotte’s mayor Jennifer Roberts and the police department handled Scott’s death.

Scott’s family has said he was reading a book, while police say he made a threatening move with a gun.

Many protests throughout the city took place after the incident, which Oliphant said, “We shouldn’t have to protest because ya’ll are treating us wrong.  We do this because we need to and have rights.”


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