After the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, activists have participated in extremely powerful protests. During the second night of demonstrations in Charlotte, a shooting occurred and critically injured one of the protesters. The protester was shot in the head and is currently on life support.
News outlets covered the crowd after the shooting. At one point, Fox News’ Steve Harrigan was speaking to Megyn Kelly about the scene. Eventually, Harrigan and the camera became fixed on the presence of a young woman named Allegra Williams.
As Williams candidly spoke about how she felt, Harrigan cut in and asked her, “Why are you here?” Presumably, Harrigan asked to figure out why protesters would continue to remain on the streets when someone was severely injured.
After Harrigan asked the question, Williams delivered an answer that summed up the anger and frustrations many protesters have experienced.
“Because I serve a purpose, sir. I serve a purpose. I serve a purpose, my father serves a purpose, my brother serves a purpose,” Williams said. “I’m here because, guess what? Whether I’m here, I’m in school, I’m in my car — you said, OK, a man got shot over here, right? So you’re basically saying why would I put myself in danger, right?”
When Harrigan agreed with her point, Williams continued to explain why protesting is extremely important.
“But guess what?” Williams asked. “I can be at work, at school, in my car — I could still get shot by the police. I can get shot anywhere. Do you see this? Do you see that? Do you see me? Do you see you? We are not the same. We are human. But I am Black and you are white…”
When Williams spoke to Harrigan, she became extreme emotional and raised her voice. Many people who have viewed the segment wondered why she became so livid.
“I was yelling from emotion. I was yelling from pain. I was yelling because I was angry,” Williams told Buzzfeed. “I’m not angry at white people. That’s where a lot of people get it misconstrued.”
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