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We don't have much to say about this video clip of young 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant speaking before the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, one week after Charlotte police shot and killed a black man named Keith Scott. That came not long after Tulsa officer Betty Shelby gunned down another black man named Terence Crutcher, whose hands were up, and who had apparently committed the crime of having car trouble while black. And before that, and before that, and before that, and before that, and ... white folks might not have all their names seared into their hearts and their souls, but black folks do. We have no snark about this, no pithy jokes. Just a little girl with tears streaming down her face, because she already knows what's up, and she wants it to stop.

We will hand the mic to little Zianna, because fuck if we can add any wisdom to what she has to say:

I come 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 are treated just because of our color and it doesn't mean anything to me.

I believe that 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've been born and raised in Charlotte and I never felt this way until 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 even see them anymore. It's a shame that we have to go to the 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.

Like we said, what else is there to say?

[wonkbar]<a href="http://wonkette.com/603862/daily-caller-and-redstate-post-thoughtful-reactions-to-dallas-police-shootings-wait-what"></a>[/wonkbar]After the Dallas police shootings, which happened at the end of the same week that saw cops kill Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, we saw some white conservatives' hearts starting to open to the simple fact that THERE IS A FUCKING PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY. We hope that continues, and that people might watch this little girl and forget the racist fuck-shittery they've been taught, and just LISTEN for a goddamn minute.

Oh look, we can listen more, because here's Zianna talking about why she went in front of the Charlotte city council in the first place:

Pretty sure she's said it all, so we'll just end with trite aphorisms about "From your mouth to God's ears, Zianna," and "A little child shall lead them," and we're sure there are some more, but we forget.

[BBC]

Evan Hurst

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