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Meet Tamika Mallory; The Woman Behind the “Enough is Enough, we are in a State of Emergency”, Viral Speech.

Al Musasia

On Friday, 5/29/2020, America was introduced to a political firebrand and civil rights activist Tamika Danielle Mallory, whose speech in Minneapolis, Minnesota, protesting the death George Floyd in the hands of a white police officer has gone viral.

In her speech during a demonstration attended by community leaders, Movie star, Jamie Foxx, Stephen Jackson, a former NBA star, among others; the 39-year-old activist decried institutional racism as the cause of the many afflictions facing Black America.

Below is a text of her speech.

“This is a coordinated activity happening across this nation, and so we are in a state of emergency. Black people are dying in a state of emergency,”

“We cannot look at this as an isolated incident. The reason buildings are burning are 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 across this nation, enough is enough.”

“We are not responsible for the mental illness that has been afflicted upon our people by the American government, institutions, and those people who are in positions of power.

“I don’t give a damn if they burn down, 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, which is what they actually represent?”

“So, if you are not coming to the people’s defense then do not challenge us when young people and other people who are frustrated and instigated by the people you pay. You are paying instigators to be among our people out there throwing rocks, breaking windows and burning down buildings,”.

“And so young people are responding to that. They are enraged. And 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.”

“It has not been free for Black people and we are tired. Don’t talk to us about looting. Ya’ll are the looters”.

“America has looted Black people! America looted the Native Americans when they first came here, so 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!”

Mallory was born in Harlem, New York City, to Stanley and Voncile Mallory. The single mother of one, became involved with civil rights at age 11 when she joined Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, where her parents were founding members.

She eventually served as the organizations Executive Director.  Her work in NAN has influenced her involvement in matters of social justice and civil rights movement. The father to Tamika’s son, Tarique was murdered in 2001. Details of his death are not revealed, although it is believed to be the reason behind her passion to fight for gun control in the United States

In 2017, Ms. Mallory was one of the four co-chairs for the Women’s March on Washington. This was one of the largest protests in the U.S history held in a single day. It is believed that over 5 Million people attended the World wide protest and over 500,000 in Washington DC alone.

In 2019, Ms. Mallory was accused of supporting Nation of Islam’s leader Luis Farrakhan   and Assata Shakur, a former Black Liberation Army member convicted of murder.

Her association with these two black leaders caused a rift with members of her women’s groups from the Jewish community. This was after a savior’s speech by Farrakhan in which he made anti-Semitic remarks. She distanced herself from those remarks adding that building coalitions requires working with people she disagreed with.

Tamika Mallory’s speech has inspired many people across the world. Her eloquence and charisma are compared to that of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Indeed, those two civil rights icons must be smiling looking down. America’s new Civil rights leader has been reborn.

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