Valedictorian Rooha Hagher said that officials at Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas cut her microphone after she spoke out on behalf of black men whose deaths were allegedly caused by racism.
Hagher explained to KXAS that she and her family moved from Iran when she was 12 to escape religious persecution.
“So it felt really surreal just because to think that around 3 years ago and now, I’m here, like, making As, writing essays and now being the valedictorian of my class,” Hagher explained.
She said that as she was writing her speech, she decided to include the names of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Michael Brown. Civil rights advocates allege that all three men were killed due to the color of their skin.
But when Hagher got on stage and mentioned the slain men, officials cut off her microphone.
“It made me feel sick, honestly, because I was close to their age and knowing this is a reality that black families have to deal with,” she told KXAS.
Hagher admitted that the principal had scrubbed the men’s names from her speech because he did not want it to be political.
“I never expected to be silenced,” Hagher remarked. “The consequences I was expecting to face was them holding my diploma or having a conversation with my principal.”
“I never expected them to not allow me to finish, because at the end of the day, schools want to raise socially conscious students, students who are able to think for themselves,” she added. “That’s what I was doing.”
On Tuesday, Hagher published parts of her speech on Twitter.
my valedictorian speech was cut short because i said the names of black children who had become victims of police brutality. our principal signaled for my mic to be turned off as soon as i said “trayvon martin and tamir rice” and played it off as a technical difficulty. pathetic. pic.twitter.com/9upW3dZ7Mg
— روحا (@ItsRoohaHaghar) June 3, 2019
since this is getting more attention than i expected, here’s that section of my speech (for context) pic.twitter.com/4dsf865AZkADVERTISEMENT
— روحا (@ItsRoohaHaghar) June 3, 2019
some more context and background information. i really think my principal did this out of ignorance, and we all have room for growth. i never meant to create more divisiveness, but i also feel like certain conversations need to be had pic.twitter.com/1YOEe8a91d
— روحا (@ItsRoohaHaghar) June 4, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
as an iranian refugee, police brutality is not my narrative to shape. though i appreciate your nice comments, there are activists who have been doing the work and raising awareness about this issue for years. listen to them. support them. (and tag them so we can do the same)
— روحا (@ItsRoohaHaghar) June 4, 2019
Watch the video below from KXAS.
‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies
The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.
"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.
"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."
‘Our police are protecting Nazis’: Detroit cops criticized for ‘marching’ with Nazis at Pride event
Members of the Detroit Police Department are being criticized for accompanying a group of self-described Nazis over the weekend at the city's Pride parade.
Activists reacted in alarm on Saturday after being informed that the Nazi group had been given a permit to protest at the Pride event. According to The Detroit News, police were assigned "to keep the protesters and attendees apart as they marched through the festival."
"Our police, when they should be protecting us, are protecting Nazis," one protester could be heard complaining in a video on Twitter.
Video catches white couple getting butt kicking on freeway after calling Latino family ‘beaners’
A fight broke out on highway 118 in California after a white couple allegedly called a Latino family "beaners."
According to a Twitter user with the handle @PattyMonstercx, her parents were cut off in traffic by the white couple.
An included video shows the white couple getting out of their SUV to confront Patty's family. A fight soon breaks out, which the white couple appears to lose.
Members of the Latino family can be heard calling 911 emergency services before the video ends.
Read the tweets and watch the video below.
Here’s a video of my parents fucking up an ugly ass racist couple who were trying to cut my parents off, and referred to my parents as “beaners” on the off ramp of the 118 today pic.twitter.com/W7wgRpgbXy