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‘I really hope that racism stops’: 9-year-old girl at BLM rally outclasses Confederate flag wavers

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Several men brought Confederate flags to a Black Lives Matter rally in Tennessee over the weekend but it did not dampen the spirit of one 9-year-old girl who said she was hopeful that racism would end.

On Saturday, about 300 people marked the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death by organizing a march in Johnson City to call attention to the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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But two white men counter protested by bringing their own Confederate flags to the rally.

“This flag is not hate, it’s heritage,” one of the men said as he made his way through the mostly-black crowd.

However, the effort to disrupt the event did not succeed, and activists said that they were pleased with the turnout.

“I never, in my day, thought I would see this.” Monique Hall told WJHL, pointing out that the “march had nothing to do with” the men who brought Confederate flags.

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“It’s just been really hard to live here,” she added, nearly in tears. “To see this it makes me really hopeful that this place can change.”

But it was 9-year-old Patiance Gardner who best articulated the hopes of activists.

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“I really hope racism just stops, and people don’t judge people by their skin color,” she said. “They’re making sure everybody fights racism and we’re sticking together.”

“Everybody is God’s creatures,” the 9 year old concluded.

Watch the video below from WJHL, broadcast Aug. 8, 2015.

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‘That is ridiculous’: Andrew Gillum obliterates Santorum for claiming guns aren’t ‘problem’ in mass shootings

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CNN contributor Andrew Gillum called conservative pundit Rick Santorum "ridiculous" on Sunday for suggesting that guns are not the problem in mass shootings.

During a CNN discussion on gun control, Santorum criticized calls from Democratic candidates for the government to buy back assault-style weapons in addition to banning them.

"The truth is something has to give," Gillum said. "The stranglehold that the NRA seems to have over Congress, over Washington, D.C., in my opinion, is insane. How can we put the priorities of one interest group above the safety, the security of the American people?"

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The sponsor of a bill that would effectively ban all abortions in Tennessee said that he hopes to "destroy Satan."

Sen. Mark Pody (R) made the remarks at a Monday prayer gathering before debate on the bill.

"I'm not against any colleagues, whether they're standing with me or not," Pody said. "I'm against Satan and I'm standing with God."

"We will not back up, we will not back down, we will not turn around," he added. "We face the enemy. We have no protection when we run. We have no protection for our back."

The Tennessee ban would take effect once "a viable pregnancy is presumed to exist or has been confirmed," effectively banning all abortions in the state. There is no exception in the bill for rape or incest.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Wednesday that all 36 Democratic members of the Assembly had signed a letter to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos asking for reasonable accommodation for Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D), who was paralyzed from the chest down after being hit by a drunken driver in 2010.

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