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Coco Gauff, the 16-year-old American tennis star, has taken a stand on racial injustice and the recent murder of George Floyd: she wants change to happen now.
Gauff was standing behind a podium as she delivered a passionate speech at a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in her hometown of Delray Beach, Florida.
“I think it’s sad that I protest here against the same thing that (my grandmother) did over 50 years ago,” said Gauff. “So I’m here to tell you guys that we have to love each other first no matter what. We must have difficult conversations with our friends. I have spent the whole week having difficult conversations, trying to educate my non-black friends about how they can help the movement. Second, we must act. ”
Although young, much of Gauff’s call to action is to vote.
“Yes, we are all here to protest, and I am not of legal age to vote, and it is in your hands to vote for my future, my brother’s future and for your future,” said Gauff. “So it’s a way to bring about change. “
Gauff continued, “Third, you have to use your voice, no matter what size your platform is, you have to use your voice. I saw a quote from Dr. (Martin Luther) King who said: ‘The silence of good people are worse than the brutality of the wicked. So you shouldn’t be silent. If you choose silence, you choose the side of the oppressor. ”
Earlier this week, Gauff also consulted Twitter to post other ways to make changes. When good tennis players Roger Federer displayed a black square observing #BlackOutTuesday, Gauff was among the responses, sharing a direct link to blacklives.matter.carrd.co, an online database including links to donation readers, petitions to sign and other resources for making changes.
Gauff concluded his speech by reminding his audience that events like the tragic death of George Floyd have been going on for years.
“It’s not just George Floyd. This is Trayvon Martin. This is Eric Garner. This is Breonna Taylor. These are things that are happening. I was eight when Trayvon Martin was killed. So why am I here at 16 always asking for change? And it breaks my heart because I am fighting for the future of my brothers. I am fighting for the future of my future children. I am fighting for the future of my future grandchildren. So we have to change now. ”