Policing the Police: Why Samaria Rice Refused to Speak About Her Son's Death at the DNC

Policing the Police: Why Samaria Rice Refused to Speak About Her Son's Death at the DNC

Details on what she thinks about both candidates.

Published July 27, 2016

On Tuesday night, the Democratic National Convention continued its incredible lineup of poignant speakers. During one portion of the night, Mothers of the Movement took the stage at the DNC. The women of the movement were all mothers of Black men and women killed by guns; however, everyone noticed that Samaria Rice was not present. 

Samaria Rice is the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by a Cleveland police officer who mistook his toy gun for a real one. After his death, Rice quickly became an activist against police brutality and gun violence.

However, Rice intentionally skipped out on the powerful moment at the DNC because she believes that her salvation does not lie within politics.

If Samaria Rice were to join the other mothers on that stage, her presence would be an endorsement for Hillary Clinton, and that does not sit right with her.

Rice truly wants America to be a better place, but she has trouble believing that politics will fix the issues the country currently faces. When it comes to the candidates, Rice feels that she cannot endorse anyone because neither candidate is “speaking [her] language about police reform.”

Earlier this month, Rice came out against President Obama when she said that she feels that he is not doing enough to protect the Black community.

Rice plans to continue to fight for law reforms that will make this country better and safer for Black people. 

Written by Rachel Herron

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