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'You all have moms!" Single mom blasts federal agents in Portland explaining why she's protesting

'You all have moms!" Single mom blasts federal agents in Portland explaining why she's protesting

The single mom explained in a spontaneous impassioned speech why she has been protesting night after night against institutionalized racism and police brutality towards the Black community.

After weeks of violent clashes between federal agents and protesters in Portland, Oregon, the Trump administration said on Wednesday that it is planning to withdraw some federal security forces from the state's biggest city. However, according to BBC, US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf stressed that the pullout was conditional on local law enforcement protecting federal buildings, which have been the focal point of the over 60 days long Black Lives Matter protests in the city.

Although the news would've come as somewhat of a relief to Portland citizens, not long after the announcement, Trump made a last-minute attempt to save face by threatening to deploy the National Guard to quell the "agitators" and "anarchists" if the civil unrest continues.



 

While the President's sole priority seems to be the protection of federal property, one Portland mom recently explained in a spontaneous impassioned speech why she has been protesting night after night against institutionalized racism and police brutality towards the Black community. A now-viral video shows the single mom walking up to the fence surrounding the Justice Center and shouting at the federal agents on the other side about why moms like her have joined BLM protests across the country.

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"I'm so tired of this!" she yelled after whipping off her protective goggles, which has become a protest staple due to law enforcement's use of pepper spray, tear gas, and projectiles against demonstrators. "I am so tired! I am sleep deprived because I'm a single mom and I work full time and I have to come and spend my nights with you because I can't stand in my own streets and say 'Black Lives Matter!' Black lives matter. That's why we're here!"



 

As another demonstrator tried to shield her from a possible attack by the federal agents, the woman continued her impassioned tirade against the agents on the other side of the fence. "We're not here because of some f***ing building. We don't care about the building, we don't care about your stupid fence! We care about Black lives. And I'm a mom, and I heard George when he called out 'mama.' That's why I'm here. That's why I'm here. Because George called out for his mama," she said. "You all have moms. Your mom loves you. George's mom loved him. And my kids love me and I want to go home to them, but they agree that this is important."



 

While Portland's Wall of Moms caught quite some attention since joining the fight, the group's overwhelming whiteness has been a subject of criticism for seemingly turning the attention away from Black lives. A number of moms and protesters—like the unidentified woman in the video—have reassured that their fight against the city's law enforcement and the federal forces is ultimately about supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. "And it's not about some white ladies, it's not about me, it's about Black Lives Matter. There are so many amazing Black women that have been doing this fight for years, and I showed up late, I'm so tardy to this party, but I'm making up for it because I'm so angry," she said.



 

"And Black people are allowed to be angry and who cares if some graffitis on this stupid building, we’re talking about human lives," the mom added. Her impassioned speech touched the hearts of many on the internet with one Twitter user commenting how "it should have never come to a man dying over $20 because his skin is different, and a mother, exhausted who has to fight against the Cops who don't care about what she cares about, the dignity of human life."



 



 



 



 



 

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