March for Racial Justice (Washington DC – National Mall)

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Check out Valerie Castile’s speech at the March for Racial Justice in Washington DC on September 30th, 2017. She begins speaking about 25 minutes in.

I don’t think the video has CC for those who need them so here is a rough transcript of her speech. I did not create this but I did edit it.

“WELL — WOW, IS THIS SOLIDARITY. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU COMING OUT. NOW THIS IS WHAT SOLIDARITY LOOKS LIKE. WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER. EACH AND EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU. WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AS WE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.
I’M VALERIE. MY SON WAS PHILANDO CASTILE. IT’S BEEN 452 DAYS SINCE I LAST SAW MY SON, WHEN I LAST HUG MY SON, WHEN I LAST KISSED MY SON, WHEN I LAST TOLD MY SON THAT I LOVE HIM. MY SON WAS TAKEN AT A VERY EARLY AGE UNDER SUCH HORRIFIC ACTIONS. MY SON DID EVERYTHING RIGHT. I DID EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO PROTECT MY KIDS. I SAID IF YOU WANT TO CARRY A WEAPON, GO GET YOUR LICENSE.
MY SON STARTED WORKING WITH YOU WAS 13 YEARS OLD, AND HE WAS GAINFULLY EMPLOYED UNTIL HE WAS RUTHLESSLY MURDERED BY THE FALCON HEIGHTS POLICE. AFTER ALL THAT, WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD. ALL THE EVIDENCE THEY HAD… THEY HAD VIDEO FROM THE DASHCAM IN THE CAR. THEY HAD AUDIO. AND THEN THEY HAD THE AFTERMATH, WHICH I’M SURE A LOT OF YOU SAW MY SON TAKE HIS LAST BREATH, AND IN HIS LAST BREATH, HE DID A DYING DECLARATION WHERE HE SAID, “I WASN’T REACHING.” HE TOLD THE OFFICER — HE SAID, “SIR, I HAVE A WEAPON IN THE CAR.”
INSTEAD OF GIVING MY SON DIRECT COMMANDS TO STOP MOVING, DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE LICENSE, HE SHOT IN THAT CAR WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE. HE SHOT MY SON FIVE TIMES. FIVE TIMES, AND HE WAS STILL STRAPPED IN HIS SEATBELT. MY SON KNEW WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO WHEN HE GOT STOPPED BY THE POLICE.
HE STARTED DRIVING WHEN HE WAS 17. AND THOSE SPARSE AMOUNT OF YEARS, MY SON HAD BEEN STOPPED 50 TIMES. 50 TIMES MY SON HAD BEEN STOPPED BY THE POLICE, AND HE WAS ONLY 32 YEARS OLD. YOU TO THE MATH. THAT DON’T MAKE NO SENSE. AND THEY SAY THERE’S “NO RACIAL PROFILING”. THEY’RE “NOT STEREOTYPING.” YOU TELL ME WHAT IT IS. THESE ARE SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE. MY SON DID EVERYTHING RIGHT. HE TRIED TO PROTECT THE WOMAN AND A CHILD BY INFORMING THE OFFICER THAT HE HAD A WEAPON. THE WEAPON WAS NOT SHOOT READY. THERE WAS NO BULLET IN THE CHAMBER. I MEAN, COME ON, I GOT A WEAPON IN THE CAR, LET ME GET THE GUN OUT MY PANS, LET ME COCK IT, AND THEN I’M GOING TO SHOOT IT. THAT DON’T MAKE NO SENSE, BUT MY SON LOST HIS LIFE AND BODY.
THEY CUT MY SON OPEN TRYING TO SAVE HIS LIFE BECAUSE HE WAS HONEST AND HE TOLD THE TRUTH. I’M STILL WONDERING WHERE ON THIS PLANET DO YOU TELL THE TRUTH AND BE HONEST AND STILL BE MURDERED BY THE POLICE. COME ON, SOMEBODY, HELP ME OUT RIGHT NOW. MY SON DID EVERYTHING RIGHT. HE HAD AN HONEST JOB. THE ONLY THING WRONG IN HIS LIFE — HE WAS HARASSED BY THE POLICE UNTIL THEY ULTIMATELY KILLED HIM .
YOU’VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND, THE AREA MY SON WAS TRAVELING IN, EVERYBODY IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA KNEW. DON’T GOT DOWN LARPENTEUR. YOU GO ALL THE WAY OUT OF YOUR WAY JUST NOT TO PASS THROUGH THAT LITTLE AREA BECAUSE OF THE PREJUDICE. WE GOING TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE. QUIT PLAYING. YOU KNOW IT.
RACISM IS ALIVE.
IT’S ALIVE ALL OVER. YOUR NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR — YOU KNOW, RIGHT ABOUT NOW, IN THE CULTURE WE ARE LIVING IN, I ALWAYS KNEW THERE WAS A SILENT WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE, AND PEOPLE OF COLOR, BUT NOW IT’S NOT SILENT NO MORE. THEY DOING IT OUT IN THE OPEN. AND THEN FOR A PERSON TO TELL YOU YOUR VIDEO DON’T MEAN SHIT. YOU GOT VIDEO, AUDIO, AND IT DON’T MEAN SHIT — THAT CAME OUT THE POLICE MOUTH. I’M NOT JUST SAYING THAT.
I’M SAYING WHAT THE POLICE SAID. THEN THE POLICE PULL OVER A WHITE WOMAN AND SAID, “WHAT YOU ARE AFRAID OF? WE JUST KILL BLACK PEOPLE.” Y’ALL SAW IT ON FACEBOOK, ON TV. THAT’S WHAT HE BELIEVES. BECAUSE RACISM IS ALIVE. THEY HAVE INFILTRATED THE GOVERNMENT, THE JAILS, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. WHITE SUPREMACISTS IS ALL OVER THE PLACE, AND THEY ARE OUT THERE SHOWING AN EVEN MORE. NOWADAYS, YOU CANNOT EVEN WALK DOWN THE STREET, SOME WHITE PERSON JUST, “AW, NIGGER.” / THEY DOING IT ALL THE TIME.
I MEAN, I CAME HERE TO SPEAK FROM MY HEART AND LET YOU KNOW HOW DISSATISFIED I WAS WITH THE VERDICT BECAUSE THEY HAD EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEEDED. THEY HAD EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED FOR CONVICTION, AND THEY DIDN’T. I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THAT HAPPENED. YOU HAD EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED. HERE YOU GOT YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED. MY SON THE CAR, SEAT BELTED IN HIS CAR, THE DASHCAM GOING AND HIM TALKING, HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH MY SON, AND THEN HE JUST KILLED HIM.
YOU HAD EVERYTHING, AND NOTHING WAS STILL DONE. THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN IT COMES TO THE POLICE.
ABSOLUTELY. FUCK THE POLICE. ABSOLUTELY. MY SON WAS CRUCIFIED IN THAT CAR. HIS HAIR WAS HIS THORNED CROWN, HIS SEATBELT WAS THE CROSS, AND THE BULLETS WERE THE NAILS, AND THAT CAR WAS THE CROSS. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SON. WHEN THEY DID THAT, LET THAT MAN GET OFF WITH NO ACCOUNTABILITY, I SAID, YOU JUST GOT A FREE REIN TO KILL. AND IT WASN’T THREE WEEKS LATER THEY SHOTTING KILLED JUSTINE DAMOND SHOT AND KILLED JUSTINE DAMOND. YES, THEY DID, THEY KILLED HER TWO. IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THAT PLAYS OUT. BUT I’M COMING TO YOU FROM MY HEART, AND I JUST WANT EVERYBODY TO BE CAREFUL OUT THERE BECAUSE YOU JUST DON’T KNOW.
I LOVE MY SON. I MISS HIM EVERY DAY. IT COULD BE YOU, YOU, YOU, YOUR FATHER, YOUR BROTHER, YOUR SISTER, YOUR COUSIN, IT BE ANY ONE OF YOU GUYS. BECAUSE OF NO ACCOUNTABILITY. WHAT I WANT TO SEE IS THEM TAKING AWAY THAT GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD. I WAS IN FEAR FOR MY LIFE. WE NEED TO GET RID OF THAT GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD. ONCE YOU DO THAT, THAT WILL GIVE THE NEXT OFFICERS PAUSE BEFORE HE PULLS THE TRIGGER AND USES THAT THEY FORCE. I AM WORKING WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MINNESOTA, THEY ARE WRITING DIFFERENT LAWS TRYING TO HOLD THESE OFFICERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. WE HAVE TO STAND TALL, WE HAVE TO STICK TOGETHER. WE HAVE TO STAY UNIFIED. WE HAVE TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY AND WE HAVE TO MARCH UNTIL WE CAN’T MARCH ANYMORE. I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR COMING OUT. I LOVE YOU GUYS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.”
-Valerie Castile

#Justice4Philando
#LongLiveTheKing

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