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Coco Gauff, a 16-year-old American tennis star, has taken a stand about racial and racial injustice the latest murder of George Floyd: he wants change to happen now.

Gauff stood behind the podium when he gave an enthusiastic speech during the peaceful protest of the Black Lives Matter in his hometown of Delray Beach, Florida.

“I think it is very sad that I am here protesting the same thing (my grandmother) did 50 years ago,” Gauff said. “So, I’m here to tell you that we have to love each other first, no matter what happens. We have to have difficult conversations with our friends. I spend all week having difficult conversations, trying to educate non friends – my black skin, about how they can help the movement. Second, we need to take action. “

Although young, most of Gauff’s calls to action were to choose.

“Yes, we are all here protesting, and I am not old enough to choose, and it is in your hands to choose my future, my brother’s future and your future,” Gauff said. “So that’s one way to make a change.”

Gauff continues: “Third, you need to use your voice, no matter how big or small your platform is, you need to use your voice. I see the quote of Dr. (Martin Luther) King who said, ‘The silence of good people is worse than brutality of people evil. ‘So you don’t need to be quiet. If you choose to be silent, you choose the side of the oppressor. “

Earlier this week, Gauff also used Twitter to post other ways to make changes. When a tennis fellow is great Roger Federer posted a black box observe #BlackOutTuesday, Gauff is among the replies, sharing a direct link to blacklives.matter.carrd.co, the online database consists of links to donation drives, petitions to be signed, and other resources for making changes.

Gauff ended his speech by reminding the audience that events such as the tragic death of George Floyd had been happening for years.

“It’s not just about George Floyd. It’s about Trayvon Martin. It’s about Eric Garner. It’s about Breonna Taylor. It’s about things that have happened. I was eight years old when Trayvon Martin was killed. So why am I here at 16 still suing change? And it breaks my heart because I fight for the future of my brothers and sisters. I fight for the future of my future children. I fight for the future of my future grandchildren. So we must change now. “

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