Young tennis sensation Coco Gauff, 16, delivers powerful protest speech

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She may not be old enough to vote just as yet, but she sure knows how to speak her mind. And she is just as eloquent with her words as she is with her tennis racket.

The young took to the stage at a protest in Delray Beach, Florida. She went on stage after her Grandma Yvonne Odom — who was the first student to integrate the local Seacrest High in 1961.

Young tennis sensation Coco Gauff, 16, delivers powerful protest speech

The tennis player addressed the crowd of hundreds in front of her confidently. She said, “I think it’s sad that I’m here protesting the same thing she did 50-plus years ago. Yes, we’re all here protesting, and I’m not of age to vote, but it’s in your hands to vote for my future, for my brother’s future and for your future. So that’s one way to make change.”

She added, “This is what I have to tell you, this: If you listen to black music. If you like black culture. If you have black friends. Then this is your fight, too. It’s not your job, it’s not your duty, to open your mouth to say ‘Lil Uzi Vert is my favorite artist, but I don’t care what happened to George Floyd.’ Now how does that make sense?”

 

 

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