Over the past few weeks, mothers of slain Black men and children have come out in support of presidential candidates, but Tamir Rice’s mother has been silent about which political candidate has her vote.
On Tuesday, (March 15) Samaria Rice penned an essay via Medium, explaining her refusal to stand by any of the presidential candidates. While traveling the nation for her Justice for Tamir Speak Out Tour, Rice says she’s been asked the overbearing political question, which has proven to be a painful reminder for Rice that politicians and lawmakers have failed to do much to combat improper police practices towards people of color.
“For over a year, I’ve waited to see if any candidate or official, including my state’s governor, would release a plan of action that addressed the failures and inhumane decisions responsible for my son’s death,” she said. “While I’ve waited, I’ve been speaking out for true action, with changes that would help prevent another tragedy like Tamir’s murder, changes that truly hold these police accountable and give people power in the communities we live in.”
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