Remembering Tamir Rice on his birthday

By John, 25 June, 2020
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A #Say Our Names protest sign: Tamir Rice, a reminder that black children can’t play outside with toy guns.

Tamir Rice’s birthday is June 25, same as mine. He was born 4 days before my son was born. My son and him are almost exactly the same age. Or they would have been if a racist system hadn’t murdered Tamir for playing with a toy gun. Tamir would have turned 18 this month. Tamir would have been leaving his parent’s home and starting out his life as an adult. My son gets to do all those things. Tamir does not.

Edit: My son, Owen, just pointed out that George Floyd was my age. Born in 1973.

Topics: politics, Black Lives Matter

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