• Emily Harrell

Zianna Oilphant Makes Moving Speech at Charlotte City Council Meeting


A young girl in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ziannna Oliphant, went to the Charlotte City Council meeting this past Monday and wanted to discuss the race relations.

Zianna made her statements loud and clear at the emotional meeting.

This started with the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.The meeting happened six days after the shooting.

Zianna wanted to talk to the police and city leaders about her race. She said " I've come here today to talk about how I feel, and I feel like that we are treated differently than other people. I don't like how we're treated. Just because of our color... doesn't mean anything to me."

After that she started to cry and bowed her head. People in the crowd started shouting things like " You're doing great!", "You're doing a great job!" and "Don't stop!", "Do not stop!".

Zianna, finished her emotional speech

"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.I can’t stand how we’re treated.

It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t even see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to that graveyard and bury them. And we have tears, and we shouldn’t have tears.

We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side."

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