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“You Have To Scream:” – an interview with Nique Craft

By June 9, 2020 June 15th, 2020 84 Comments
Nique Craft

Nique Craft. (Pittsburgh Current Photo by Eric Boyd)

By Eric Boyd
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer
info@pittsburghcurrent.com

 

Face to face, you’d be foolish to say Nique Craft looked vulnerable. You might wake up on the ground if you did.

Yet as a black, nonbinary metalhead, there aren’t many people in this city more marginized; because of this, Nique has been at the forefront of the Pittsburgh protest movement, despite not wanting to be.

“I just happened to be the loudest person and literally the most colorful in every way imaginable. If you’re gonna chant and wake up buildings, you have to scream and let them know you’re there.”

Those screams have continued to be heard for several days in Pittsburgh as daily actions have popped up in different parts of the city. Truthfully, the screams never stopped. The murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd added two more knicks to the bleeding body of America’s civil rights movement, but this is a crusade which has never ended. Ask Nique how long they’ve been protesting and you get a resigned chuckle.

“I mean, I’ve kinda been against my oppression my entire life, so…”

Adopted by a white woman, Nique learned about racism in kindergarten when a classmate asked them why their skin was a different color than their mother’s.

“I punched him in the face because I thought he was lying,” Nique says. “I asked my mom about it and she told me she didn’t want me to be treated any differently than anybody else. She thought if a black person just articulated well and wore a suit, you wouldn’t get shot. So I wasn’t raised with my heritage, and that was super irresponsible on her part.”

As a heavily tattooed person who uses They/Them or Alien as pronouns, embracing their black heritage was particularly hard until they realized that black culture was not a linear experience and that intersectional voices needed to be amplified. The danger, Nique believes, is that these protests could become homogenized into the heteronormal culture of a city like Pittsburgh. George Floyd has deserved this moment, but so has Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade.

In grabbing a bullhorn and standing at the front of any protest they can, Nique is ensuring that other outsiders feel seen and heard.

“I know we’re all very vain and people like seeing photos of themselves on Facebook and Instagram doing cool shit, but that’s because you get to remember that you did it. That doesn’t mean that’s why you’re doing it.”

While their white peers could more easily navigate their identities, Nique had few role models they could actually relate to. The visibility of these protests can help correct that.

“When I was a kid, there was no one that looked like me and it was hard to become somebody that looked like me. I’d have been so pumped to see just one person on TV who was like me,” Nique says. “It just makes it that much easier when you see somebody that looks like you doing it to make you think you can do it too.”

Of course, the concept of intersectionality can also be co-opted into something akin to an All Lives Matter mindset, which Nique says is not the point of the current moment.

“This isn’t about patting white people on the back just for showing up when you weren’t out here even two-and-a-half weeks ago,” Nique says. “We should have crowds of all different kinds of people, but then there’s the impression that everyone should have a chance to stand up and talk about what bothers them. That’s not true. We need people who are 100% intersectional in their minds to stand up for every level of blackness.”

Along with that fear of coddling white protesters, Nique believes that anger has not played a large enough role in Pittsburgh’s protest. While we happily celebrate the death of the Pinkertons, dozens of people were arrested in East Liberty essentially because someone may or may not have thrown a water bottle at a riot cop.

“Logically, I think we should fuck shit up like everybody else is. Also logically, I feel like we’re not ready for that,” Nique admits. “When someone calls me a nigger, I want to fucking throw them in the river. I need to be able to feel that, even if I’m not gonna throw some dude in the river. I should be able to feel like that and you should trust me to know what to do with that feeling… I don’t want to judge anybody’s anger on any scale.”

That anger isn’t going anywhere. Bill Peduto can send a tweet about peacefulness into the ether but it won’t change what it refuses to address. Nique, and so many others, are pissed. Protesters are being brutalized by the police for speaking out against police brutality, and as long as people stay on the streets to call it out, this savage American tableau will likely grow.

However, there is an unfortunate disconnect. Even as polls begin to show a majority of Americans believe these injustices are indeed a result of systematic racism, you can march in any local protest right now and hear well-intentioned white cries of Fuck Trump muffle out the name of a murdered black person during a singing of Which Side Are you On?

“We’re sharing the civil rights movement with people who shouldn’t be a part of it,” Nique says. “I don’t want to talk about Trump because police brutality existed before and it will exist after him if we don’t make these huge changes now. People think they’ll show up in November and then it’ll just be done and that’s just terribly naive.”

Admittedly, Nique was hopping trains when Obama was first elected; they were not even registered to vote. They have since come to understand the power of voting, but it’s also time to discuss things that neither republicans nor democrats want to discuss.

“In the service industry, if a kitchen staff is fucking food up, nine times out of ten you just fire everybody. We don’t need police,” Nique says. “We can replace them with social workers, mental health workers. Yeah there’s always gonna be ridiculous people doing crazy shit, but if we could weed out certain aspects of what makes them get there, we won’t need cops corralling some wild drug addict who’s eating people’s faces off because we’ll have gotten them help way before reaching that point… Put that money into the Hill district, into black womxn’s health, into our LGBTQIA community. Everybody needs a boost.”

As actual police reform is slowly dragged into Pittsburgh’s public consciousness, Nique believes things will continue to be turbulent in the perfect storm that is 2020.

“White people broke a legit lockdown to get haircuts, so I guess we’re allowed out now, but they didn’t get riot cops for that. We did… So I’m looking forward to Juneteenth and seeing all the black leaders on our biggest holiday, I think that could unite the country; but then by July 5th, all the evictions will start after quarantine and I think things are gonna get heavy for everybody.”

Until then, Nique is trying to take care of themselves, but it’s hard to step away from current events.

“Today I’m supposed to go hang out with my friends in the middle of the woods but I really don’t want to be away from my phone for that long. I know that kind of behavior is going to consume my brain. I’m gonna keep doing it as long as I can before I totally break I guess… I just don’t want to see vulnerable people get fucked up.”

84 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    This person is the one who spray paints half the city, puts posts on Instagram that say “dead nazi” and referring to someone who use to be good friends with her and he just passed away who was in fact not racist. She is placing stickers around the city talking about a dead man, and here she is being shown as a spotlight. This woman is instilled with hate, and it’s a disgrace to the black lives matter movement. We want peace, please stop and focus on that rather than hurting people. She has been reported to multiple movements, and they have already rejected her. That’s the real truth!!!
    -another black woman.

    • Anonymous says:

      First off, she is not the correct term you are using. If you are going to insult someone, do it correctly!
      Secondly, why are you so willing to bring someone else down?
      Lastly, how are they so instilled in hate? Because they speak the truth you don’t want to hear? That’s part of the problem!

    • Nunzio says:

      Read the article again. Nique’s pronouns are they/them, and they are NOT a woman.

    • Anonymous says:

      THE LOVELY WARRIOR IN THIS ARTICLE DOESN’T NEED YOU MISGENDERING THEM AND MAKING UP LIES. PLEASE SIT DOWN AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS WHILE THEY LEAD AND KICK ASS.

    • A Girl Has No Name says:

      Sounds to me as if you are the one with unresolved hate in your heart. You can’t even respect their proper pronouns. Maybe you need to look inside yourself and wonder why you are so willing to drag someone down.

    • Ashley says:

      Nique does not identify as “she/her” they identify as “they/them” which you would know if you actually read the article.

      If you had proof of any of the above, take it up with them, don’t hide behind Anonymous on an article written about them.

    • Zaddy Soldier says:

      The only hate I see is the one you have for them and their identity and their cause. Nique marches, they don’t vandalize.

    • Anon says:

      You need to delete this comment. You misgendered the person in the article intentionally. Just stop spreading lies.

    • Anonymous says:

      You have a lot of nerve trying to preach about less hate and hurt while you’re out here blatantly misgendering someone. Don’t be an asshole.

    • Anonymous says:

      I find it appalling that you appear to have gone out of your way to being hate to somebody who has done absolutely nothing but try to raise awareness and help the community.

    • Anon says:

      Stop misgendering people. Remember the golden rule? Learn it. Love it. Embrace it.

      No justice. No peace.

      No racist police.

    • G says:

      Check yourself. They’re pronouns are they/them/their’s, they didn’t commit vandalizing, and they’re a compassionate leader in this work.

    • G says:

      Check yourself. They’re pronouns are they/them/theirs, they did NOT commit vandalism, and they’re a compassionate leader in this work.

    • Kati says:

      Two equally important points:

      1. You can think someone is the lowest of the low. Misgendering them on purpose is never ok. They arent a woman, they are nonbinary and the article lists their pronouns.

      2. Nique is amazing and inspirational. I hope to never need half their courage and grit. They’re angry and it shows but they have every right to be and they’re taking that anger and using it to help others.

    • Holly says:

      Zaddy is out here inspiring, motivating, and being a voice for change, to end oppression and center new narratives. The only hate I’m seeing here is coming from you. You’re the one misgendering. You’re the one spreading lies and hate. They are standing up and shouting people like you down. I hope they keep doing it.

    • KJ says:

      You obviously don’t know the first thing about this person because you’ve repeatedly misgendered them. Using “another black woman” as an alias is another instance of you misgendering them, and quite frankly, probably a lie.

    • Justin says:

      Re: another black woman
      You must think we are all fools to make your lies so transparent. We all know this is really just a hater who has done nothing about the problems in the world and can’t stand that someone who has been trying to make a difference is getting recognition

    • zaddy is the way says:

      you seem to share an awful lot about their alleged activities to completely dismiss the fact that their pronouns are they/them. did you read the article? and choose to intentionally ignore their pronouns? willful ignorance is learned behavior. look deeply at who taught you that. then unlearn it.

    • Anonymous says:

      You must be lost and on the wrong article, there isn’t a woman discussed in this article.

    • Eileen says:

      Nique uses they/them. They did not commit vandalism. They have been peacefully protesting the entire time.

    • GG says:

      Nique is trailblazing on a fiery path of truth, justice, and equality! They can’t be trampled by pathetic mortal scum such as yourself.

    • Izzy T says:

      Hey, cool story ya shitstaining fart sniffer. I will have you know that the subject of this interview/article is my fren Zaddy Nique, hallowed scree their name. As others have said, read the article, Nique’s pronouns are they/them/theirs. Idk if you’re jealous or just threatened by this fucking LEGEND of a human, but also maybe examine why you are so damn pressed about the glorious way that they are moving through the world and helping their fellow black folx through this revolutionary time. And if you still come to your current shitty opinion, go deepthroat the shit covered boot of one of the piggiest cops you can find.

    • Kimber says:

      You’re literally the problem with the world.

      Did you even read the article at all??

      Nique’s pronouns are NOT she/her. Give your head a shake and quit intentionally being a troublemaker.

      If you’re bored, try doing something that helps the world not hurt it.

    • Sam says:

      I don’t care who you are or what they’ve done. You do not misgender someone like that. Maybe read about the sex spectrum and find out you have nothing to hide behind besides your bigotry.

    • LaShanna says:

      If you’re gonna leave all this slander and bullshit about Nique, you should at least have the guts to leave your real name you pathetic bitch!!

    • Gabbie G says:

      I have ZERO respect for someone who makes themself anonymous and attacks someone who is so prominently vocal in the new Civil Rights revolution. Zaddy IS NOT A SHE. They have literally stated that in this article, yet you blatantly disrespect them by misgendering them! Seems like you’re jealous of someone who’s out front and center, an inspiration, and has become a hero for me! They are not a disgrace. I’ve seen nothing but leadership from them. So F*** alllllllllllll the way off! Sounds like the only person with hate in them is YOU.

      GO ZADDY GO! ZADDY FOR PRESIDENT

    • Dawn Nardi says:

      Nique is out there being a strong voice for the voiceless! Giving her every breath to those who can no longer breathe! Don’t you dare come out here and misgender them AND create lies about them! It’s racist and bigoted bullshit thoughts and comments like yours that got us here in the first place. Got you Zaddy!

    • Nope says:

      Oh you’re so full of shit you need boots just to fucking approach. Fuck off. I’d call you a cunt but you lack depth and warmth.

    • Usagi says:

      First off, quit misgendering Nique. They prefer their pronouns as THEY/THEM. So why are you so gungho to bring them down with your own hatred? Is it because they are kicking ass and making people listen to their roar?

    • Anonymous says:

      Imagine being both illiterate AND intentionally disrespectful. Couldnt be me.

    • anon says:

      OH NO STICKERS. WHATEVER WILL WE DO. NOT THE STICKERS. Fuck off with this misgendering bullshit.

    • Emily Jay says:

      It’s really not hard to get someone’s pronouns right. Do better.

    • Maja Laursen says:

      Please don’t misgender Nique. It’s ignorant and mean.

    • AnneC says:

      Didn’t you read the article? They them pronouns. You can’t even comprehend what you read, but think you know what this person does.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do not misgender Nique. Regardless of your personal feelings, misgendering them is intentional and willful disrespect. This is a hateful, hurtful act that erases nonbinary people. Your actions indicate that you a low quality individual with a selfish and bigoted character Since this movement is all about giving voice to the voiceless, you’ve shown that you are just an oppressor of a different name. This is PRIDE month. Take a moment to educate yourself before you speak again or don’t speak at all. Nique is better than your hate speech.

    • Eedee says:

      How sad that you must come here to take a shit on someone trying to make a difference and start a change for the better. Nique is working to better this world, and no amount of your hatred will stop that. Do the right thing or sit your ass down.

    • Sarah Jones says:

      Re-read the article! Nique is clearly all about improving lives for everyone, with a mature view for how to reduce suffering and save lives. They just happen to have also found themselves in the spotlight by virtue of the fact they are vocal and unrelenting in standing up for what they believe in. They are plainly not the vandal you are making them out to be. Also you are mis-gendering them, which is ignorant and wrong regardless of whether you agree with a person’s actions or point of view. If you want to make positive changes in the world your time would be better spent challenging racists, not anonymously attacking the character of a person who is rightfully and properly protesting against black people being murdered by people who are supposed to be protecting the public.

    • Fuck says:

      K 1. The pronoun is they/them or alien. Thanks so much.
      2. How absolutely horrible must you be to misgender someone purposefully?
      3. Id like to see how and why you feel nique is ruining the Black Lives Matter Movement when without them, there would be thousands of yt people who dont know shit from shit, they didnt need to educate or coddle or teach or anything but they have, while fucking marching in a revolution, nique has more solid human in them then most people have in their baby finger. You, are the disgrace

    • Ollie says:

      Firstly, “another black woman” – doesn’t make any sense, the subject of this article is a non-binary wonder of the world, so if you’re gonna sign off as “another black person or human or life” fair enough. But “another black woman”, subtle misgendering.
      Oh sorry, what I meant to say was that it doesn’t make sense to sign off as that not only because of my previous point but also because you’re not a black woman. You’re in fact a horrid hueless, and frankly tasteless troll. A troll who has taken it upon themselves to harass a black non-binary person, for what?
      For being the queer voice of an incredibly marginalised group? For being an incredible leader and friend? For speaking up about their experiences of being a black person? For being non-binary? For being black?
      Unless you’re going to have a serious discussion instead of just misgendering people and spreading hate then sincerely, go back to your cave and stay there.
      I see that nobody has come to defend your inexcusable misgendering and commentary on Nique, yet so many people have rushed to defend Zaddy. Must sting a bit.

  • theo says:

    This is a hateful person that is a danger to our society. Replace police with social workers? How long would it be until the social workers are lying dead? “I think we should f*ck shit up like everybody else is” – while complaining about police brutality? Why are you even giving this person a public voice to promote their hate and violence?

    • Anonymous says:

      Promoted hate and violence???
      Because the cops are literally killing people while they walk away from them? That’s the problem! Cops are given more money than any kids school.
      If violence is not the answer, why have cops become the judge, jury & the executioner all in one shot. That’s violence in of itself!

    • Zaddy Soldier says:

      They’re not hateful, Nique wants change, change that they’re damn well entitled to. But that change threatens YOUR comfortability, so you consider it a danger. You’re the one that’s a danger to our society, with your unwillingness to listen and willful ignorance. Social workers restrain people twice their size unarmed with any kind of weapon on the daily. Why can’t police do the same? Oh. Wait. We know that answer. Do you?

    • Melissa Allison says:

      This is the way. Nique is the way. I’m not some scared mouth behind a keyboard who has to hide behind being “anonymous” while purposely misgendering someone and making false statements about them. You don’t like Nique? They don’t care & neither does anyone else. Your hatred is a hold over from centuries of surviving in a white dominated world where standing up against white people was taking your life into your hands, so I won’t call you names or insult you. But I will call out your hateful behavior for the internalized bigotry that it is, Miss “another black woman”. Do some reflecting on what makes you so scared of change. You deserve the better world Nique is fighting for, even if you’re trying your hardest to make it harder for them.

    • Eileen says:

      Nique is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. All they want is safety for themself and their son. Can you really blame them for that?

    • Clista says:

      You must be new here. Welcome to Earth. Things are a little out of order at the moment. We appreciate your patience while we are working to correct the issue by fucking shit up. While I’m certain your next request will be to “Speak to the manager” I kindly ask you to shelve that request as the “Manager” is part of the problem. I suggest you sit back and enjoy witnessing history.

  • Anon says:

    Go Zaddy, go!!

  • Anon says:

    Nique is a wonderful person! They are trying their hardest to let their voice be hear and we are all shouting as loud as we can.
    Do not spread lies and claim to be “another black woman”
    Stand up for one another.

    Thank you Zaddy.

  • Acab yoda says:

    I love an article that has the word fuck in it. Go Zaddy

  • Alex says:

    Thank you for being out there every day. Your efforts are changing the world and the people in it. Be well and rest!

  • Acab yoda says:

    Also, it’s not like the enemy has love in their heart. Fight love with love. Fight the with hate.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for everything you are doing!!!

    • SpeedyK says:

      Nique is an incredible person. I’m constantly inspired by the work that they are doing. We’re truly witnessing a movement and Nique will be written as one of the heroes.

  • Amy McNeal says:

    Zaddy has been such an incredible inspiration throughout this crisis. I’m glad that we’ve been able to connect to keep everyone involved and supported in so many places as we finally start getting the moral arc bent a little more towards justice.

  • Squid says:

    I’m proud of Zaddy!
    Incredible person and I stand by them

  • Anonymous says:

    They are an amazing and gorgeous individual who is fighting hard for what they believe in and holding nothing back and I love to see it. More of us could use people like this in our lives.

  • BP says:

    Unless you personally are out there seeing THEM do this you have no proof and it’s funny you say THEY are full of hate when you just read a whole article that went over THEIR preferred pronouns and you go on about “she” this or “she” that looks to me like the only hater here is you 🤷

  • Sus says:

    Nique is amazing and their message is crystal clear.

  • Ashley says:

    Social workers have specifically said they are trained in ways cops aren’t to de-escalate situations, and even when the cops have the opportunity to do so, they choose not to when the offender is a POC.
    Look at all the yt ppl who have shot up schools and churches and malls. Almost every single one of them has come out alive, and the ones that don’t mostly commit suicide. They choose to be racist, and choose to murder our brothers and sisters of color.

  • K says:

    This person is making waves of much needed change in our city. I’m proud of them. Of their voice. Of their strength. Of their devotion. Thank you for your service. I support you! Black Lives Matter! 🖤

  • Anonymous says:

    Nique has shown so much strength and tenacity during this time and continues to be a pillar in the community.

    You don’t know me but ilu <3

  • Kayde says:

    Nique is a wonderful person who is doing amazing activism work. It is sad the world needs it, but I’m happy to see them making the world pay attention.

  • Anonymous says:

    Go Zaddy go!

  • Themily Sanders says:

    Zaddy has been such an incredible inspiration throughout this crisis. I’m glad that we’ve been able to connect to keep everyone involved and supported in so many places as we finally start getting the moral arc bent a little more towards justice. Zaddy Nique uses they/them pronouns use them or get bent!

  • Blue Inessa says:

    Ahhh! I adore Nique! So awesome!

  • Thomas B. says:

    Thank you Nique Craft for getting out there and making your voice heard. Thank
    You for taking and charge and making it so these injustices can’t be swept under the rug. The system is broken and so much needs to be done to focus on other avenues other than over policing. This country’s for profit prison system is just slavery painted to make it an easier pill to swallow. Thank you for standing up when
    So many of us choose to sit silent in our own comfortability. People will try to take away from what you’re doing but they will be but a mosquito whisper in a chorus of praise. Change is coming and we can’t give up. Thank you for saying what’s on so many of our minds.

  • Holly says:

    Keep fighting, Zaddy.

  • Laura says:

    Hell yes, Nique, thank you for fighting the good fight.

  • Jenne says:

    THIS IS THE WAY.
    Rock on and keep on fighting Nique.
    My love, respect and free mom hugs always,
    Jenne🤘🏻🤘🏻

  • Anonymous says:

    What an inspiring leader. I’m in awe of them.

  • Justin Kaucic says:

    Nique Craft is famous and loved in many circles. Nique is also a inspiration and beacon of light and truth! #zaddysquadbabyyodasstrongforcememes

  • Clista says:

    If you hide behind “Anonymous” your comments carry zero credibility. Take your unwoke-self elsewhere. Or stay and learn if you can handle it. I seriously doubt you can or will.

  • Eileen says:

    Yes Zaddy! Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Pamazon says:

    Nique is out there fighting for YOU, and you want to both say these terrible things about them AND purposely misgender them? You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • TaraMP says:

    Nique is a genuinely thoughtful, empathic individual who is actually out there making a tremendous, positive impact on our world. They are inspiring. They are extremely instrumental in breaking down barriers, while using their warrior spirit, intelligence, love and strength to unite, motivate, inspire and activate others to fight against racism and the oppression of marginalized communities. Take several seats and notes. Start with stop misgendering people!

  • Anonymous says:

    They’re so awesome! We LOVE black nonbinary people spearheading the revolution!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nique is trying to make a difference! & making a positive impact in the community!! Stop misgendering!!! It’s clearly you have hate instilled in you. Even I have heard this whole “nazi thing” and I don’t agree with the bashing a dead man, that’s not okay.
    Overall, I think you are truly trying to advocate change, I do hope that you take down the the Instagram highlights that are kind of hateful, & I don’t want that to go against you, But I can’t blame you for how you feeling. Stay positive and keep doing what your doing!

  • Aayla says:

    Nique is truly one of the raddest people I’ve ever encountered on the internet and is a leader and an inspiration. Go Zaddy, go!

  • Ollie says:

    Nique is an incredible person.
    A truly awesome, inspiring, queer black voice. A leader. A friend.
    And yes, they’re angry. Yes, they will continue to scream and shout.
    Wouldn’t you?
    If you had been so harshly judged, persecuted, killed… because of the colour of your skin.
    The black community tried talking, they tried silent acts of solidarity. But nobody cared. Now they’re shouting and using direct action and people wish to demonise them further? Really?
    There will always be a breaking point, the black community have reached theirs and after hundreds of years of being oppressed in the worst ways possible.
    People can’t “understand why”, of course they can’t. They haven’t had their necks knelt on for the past few hundred years.

  • Ollie says:

    More power to Nique.
    More power to the fierce black lives that are fighting for their human rights.
    More power to these awesome humans who just wanted to be treated as that. Human.

  • Ollie says:

    I’m gonna keep commenting until I get told to stop…then I’ll probably comment some more.

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    years old and a graduate of Englewood High School. He left behind two children and his girlfriend, Jessica Thomas.

    Salvado Ellswood was killed in Plantation, Fla. on July 12, 2015. He was 36 years old.

    Darrius Stewart was killed in Memphis, TN on July 17, 2015. He was 19 years old.
    Friends remember him as always being “playful and smiling”.

    Albert Joseph Davis was killed in Orlando, FL on July 17th, 2015.

    Samuel Dubose was killed in Cincinnati, OH on July 19th, 2015, father of 13, produced music for local artists and friends.

    Christian Taylor was killed in Arlington, TX on August 7th, 2015.

    Asshams Pharoah Manley was killed in District Heights, MD on August 14th, 2015.

    Felix Kumi was killed in Mount Vernon, NY on August 28th, 2015.

    India Kager was killed in Virginia Beach, VA on September 5th, 2015.

    Keith Harrison McLeod was killed in Reistertown, MD on September 23rd, 2015.

    Junior Prosper was killed in Miami, FL on September 28th, 2015.

    Anthony Ashford was killed in Point Loma, CA on October 28th, 2015

    Bennie Lee Tignor was killed in Opelika, AL on October 31st, 2015.

    Jamar Clark was killed in Minneapolis, MN on November 15th, 2015.

    Nathaniel Harris Pickett was killed in Barstow, CA on November 20th, 2015.

    Miguel Espinal was killed in New York, NY on December 8th, 2015.

    Michael Noel was killed in Breaux Bridge, LA on December 21st, 2015.

    Kevin Matthews was killed in Dearborn, MI on December 23rd, 2015. He was 35 years
    old.

    Bettie Jones was killed in Chicago, IL on December 26th, 2015. She was 55 years old
    and a mother of five.

  • Ollie says:

    2016
    Antronie Scott was killed in San Antonio, Tex, on February 4, 2016. He was 36 years
    old.

    David Joseph was killed in Austin, Texas on February 8, 2016. He was 17 years old. David was the son of Hatian immigrants who moved to the U.S. in the 1990s.
    His mother stated that “he liked American everything. American music, sports, food.”

    Dyzhawn L. Perkins was killed in Arvonia, Vir, on February 13, 2016. He was 19 years
    old and was a star high school football player.

    Calin Roquemore was killed in Panola County, Tex, on February 13, 2016. He was 24
    years old, and was nick- named “Big Friendly” while at school.

    Christopher J. Davis was killed in East Troy, Wisc. on February 24, 2016. He was 21 years old and engaged to be married.

    Peter Gaines was killed in Houston, Tex, on March 12, 2016. He was 37 years old, and his family described him as sweet-natured. Kevin Hicks was killed in Indianapolis, Ind, on April 5, 2016. He was 44 years old and was married to his wife for over 20 years.

    Jessica Nelson-Williams was killed in San Francisco, Calif. on May 19, 2016. She was
    29 years old. She was the mother of five and was pregnant at the time of her death.

    Michael Eugene Wilson Jr. was killed in Hallandale Beach, Fla. on May 22, 2016. He
    was 27 years old and a father.

    Vernell Bing was killed in Jacksonville, Fla. on May 22, 2016. He was 22 years old and
    died before meeting his son, who was born two days after he was killed.

    Antwun Shumpert was killed in Tupelo, Mississippi on June 18, He was 37 years
    old and a father of 5.

    Deravis Caine Rogers was killed in Atlanta, GA, on June 22, He was 22 years
    old and is survived by his parents who continue as activists today.

    Dalvin Hollins was killed in Tempe, Arizona on July 27, 2016. He was 19 years old
    and was described as a sweet, joyful young man.

    Donnell Thompson was killed in Compton, California on July 28, 2016. He was 27 years old and was described as a “quiet and soft spoken man” by his friends. Had the nickname “Bo Peep.”

    Levonia Riggins was killed in Tampa, Fla. on August 30, 2016. He was 22 years old and was nicknamed “Daddyman” for his caring nature.

    Terence Crutcher was killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 16, 2016. He was
    40 years old and studied music at a local community college.

    Alfred Olango was killed in El Cajon, Calif. on September 27, 2016. He was 38 years
    old, a refugee from Uganda, and a father.

    Christopher Sowell was killed in Philadelphia, Pa. on September, 28, 2016. He was
    32 years old.

    Andrew Depeiza was killed in East Point, Ga. on November 11, 2016. He was 57 years old and a father to a two-year-old and a four-year-old.

    2017
    JR Williams was killed in Phoenix, AZ on January 9, 2017. He was 38 years old.

    Darrion Barnhill was killed in Reagan, Tenn. on January 10, 2017. He was 23 years
    old.

    Nana Adomako was killed in Fremont, Calif. on February 5, 2017. He was 45 years
    old.

    Cad Robertson was killed in Chicago, Ill. on February 8, 2017. He was 25 years old
    and a father of two children.

    Raynard Burton was killed in Detroit, Mich, on February 13, 2017. He was 19 years
    old.

    Alteria Woods was killed in Gifford, Fla. on February 19 2017. She was 21 years old and expecting a child.

    Ricco Devante Holden was killed in Converse, La. on May 21, 2017. He was 24
    years old.

    Marc Brandon Davis was killed in Petal, Miss. on June 2, 2017. He was 34 years old
    and the father of five children.

    David Jones was killed in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 6, 2017. He was 30 years old.

    Aaron Bailey was killed in Indianapolis, Ind. on June 29, 2017. He was 45 years old
    and was a father and volunteer in the community.

    Dejuan Guillory was killed in Mahmoud, La. on July 6, 2017. He was 27 years
    old and liked to ride ATVs.

    Charles David Robinson was killed in Woodville, Ga, on August 25, 2017. He was
    47 years old.

    Anthony Antonio Ford was killed in Miami, Fla., on August 30, 2017. He was 27
    years old. Anthony had two children.

    Dewboy Lister was killed in Corpus Christi, Texas, on October 19, 2017. He was 55
    years old. Dewboy was a father and grandfather, and he mentored many young men
    in his neighborhood.

    Calvin Toney was killed in Baton Rouge, LA, on November 13, 2017. He was 24 years
    old.

    Lawrence Hawkins was killed in Prichard, Ala, on November 18, 2017. He was
    56 years old. Lawrence was a handyman with many close friends and family, and he
    was known for helping his neighbors.

    Keita O’Neil was killed in San Francisco, Calif. on December 1, 2017. He was
    42 years old. Keita was his mother’s only child.

    Juan Pedro Pierre was killed in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., on December 6, 2017. He was 42 years old. He had five children, and he once ran for political office in Haiti.

    2018
    Arther McAfee Jr. was killed in Longview, Texas on January 21, 2018. He was 61 years old, and he was a veteran.

    Ronnell Foster was killed in Vallejo, Calif. on February 23, 2018. He was 33 years old
    and a father.

    Mario Dantoni Bass was killed in Woodbridge, Va. on February 23, 2018. He was
    37 years old and a father of five.

    Shermichael Ezeff was killed in East Baton Rouge, La. on March 14, 2018. He
    was 31 years old.

    Cameron Hall was killed in Casa Grande, Ariz. on March 15, 2018. He was 27
    years old.

    Stephon Clark was killed in Sacremento, Calif. on March 18, 2018. He was 23
    years old. He graduated Sacremento High School in 2013 where he played football.

    Danny Thomas was killed in Greenspoint, Texas on March 22, 2018. He was a father of two.

    Juan Markee Jones was killed in Danville, Va. on April 18, 2018. He was 25
    years old and part of a family of 10.

    Marcus-David L. Peters was killed in Richmond, Va. on May 14, 2018. He was 24
    years old. Antwan Rose was killed in Pittsburgh, Pa. on June 6, 2018. He was 17 years old and an Honor Roll student, taking AP courses to prepare for college.

    Tony Green was killed in Kingsland, Ga. on June 21, 2018. He was 33 years old
    and a father of three.

    Rashaun Washington was killed in Vineland, N.J. on July 16 2018. He was 37
    years old and a father of two. Cynthia Fields was killed in Savannah, Ga., on July 28, 2018. She was 62 years old and a great-grandmother.

    James Leatherwood was killed in Hollywood, Fla. on September 5, 2018. He was
    23 years old.

    Charles Roundtree was killed in San Antonio, Tex- as on October 18th 2018. He
    was 18 years old and liked to play video games with his cousin.

    Danny Washington was killed in Franklin Township, Pa. on December 18th, 2018. He was 27 years old and a father.

    Gregory Griffin was killed in Newark, NJ on January 28, 2019. He was
    46 years old and went by the name “G”.

    2019
    Marcus McVae was killed in Boerne, Texas on April 11, 2019. He was 34 years old.

    Isaiah Lewis was killed in Edmond, Okla. on April 29, 2019. He was 17 years old and would have graduated high school one month later.

    Ryan Twyman was killed in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 6, 2019. He was 24 years old .

    Antwun Shumpert was killed in Tupelo, Miss. on June 18, 2019. He was 37 years old and a father of 5.

    Josef Richardson was killed in Port Allen, La. on July 25, 2019. He was 38 years old and a father of four.

    Atatiana Jefferson was killed in Fort Worth, Texas on Oct. 12, 2019. She was
    28-years-old and was a graduate student at Xavier University of Lousiana.

    Michael Dean was killed in Temple, Texas on December 2, 2019. He was 28 years old and a father of three.

    2020
    William Howard Green was killed in Temple Hills, Md. on January 27, 2020. He was 43 years old.

    Donnie Sanders was killed in Kansas City, Mo. on March 12 2020. He was 47 years old.

    Breonna Taylor was killed in Louisville, Ky. on March 12th, 2020. She was 26 years
    old and worked as an emergency medical technician during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dreasjon Reed was killed in Indianapolis, Ind. on May 6, 2020. He was 21 years old and had served in the Air Force.

    Tony McDade was killed on May, 27 2020 in Tallahassee Fla.

    David Mcatee was killed in Louisville, Ky. on June 1, 2020. He owned a beloved
    BBQ joint that was a popular outdoor eatery for the community and provided food to both police and protestors at protests.

    Tamir Rice was killed in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 22, 2014. He was a 12-year-old in
    sixth grade and liked art and playing sports.

  • Ollie says:

    May 25 2020
    George Floyd
    Asphyxiated by an officer kneeling on his neck for almost 9 minutes.

    I chose not to write the officer’s name. We all know it. It’s not his name that matters.

  • Ollie says:

    Can’t sign a petition to support black lives because you’re from another country, here you go;
    If you are international and aren’t able to sign here are some zip codes to use:

    90015 – Los Angeles, California
    10001 – New York City, New York
    75001 – Dallas, Texas

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