Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is demanding protesters' voices be heard in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. Abrams draws parallels between current protests and 1992 riots after officers were acquitted in Rodney King's beating. (June 3)
STACEY ABRAMS: The police officers were exonerated. That evening, the country erupted. And it didn't just confine itself to Los Angeles. Here in Georgia and the Atlanta University Center, we had one of those protests. The night of the decision, I helped lead a peaceful March from the Atlanta University Center down to city hall.
You are speaking up for those whose voices are silenced, but even more for those whose rage overwhelms their ability to articulate what they need to see. The world doesn't change when we cast a ballot. But the world does change when we remain silent.
It gets worse. When we fight, when we demand that our votes be counted, we do see change. We see people stepping up and saying that they want more. And we see young people who didn't believe their voices mattered finding the words to articulate what they need. And you're doing it.