Tamika Mallory has broken her silence.
Earlier this month the mother of Tamir Rice, Samaria Rice, publicly criticized Lil Baby’s GRAMMY performance of “The Bigger Picture,” featuring activist, Tamika Mallory.
Samaria took to Facebook to share her disdain and argue these performances get in the way of justice in the fight against police brutality.
“Look at this clout chaser,” Samaria, whose son was killed by white Cleveland cop Timothy Loehmann in 2014 at the age of 12, said in a post. “Did she lose something in this fight? I don’t think so. That’s the problem they take us for a joke that’s why we never have justice cause of sh** like this.”
Following the posts, Samaria and Lisa Simpson — the mother of Richard Risher– released a joint statement.
The statement, which named Tamika Mallory and Ben Crump, among other prominent voices, said, “We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our dead loved ones, murdered by the police…The ‘activists’ have events in our cities and have not given us anything substantial for using our loved ones’ images and names on their flyers.”
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM SAMARIA RICE, MOTHER OF TAMIR RICE AND LISA SIMPSON, MOTHER OF RICHARD RISHER.
Myself, @DaShaunLH, and @likefannielou had a conference call with Samaria and Lisa, and below is their full statement regarding Tamika Mallory, Shaun King, Benjamin Crump etc: pic.twitter.com/GC49bD1LL6
— Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (@_Rawilcox) March 17, 2021
Now, Tamika Mallory is sharing her side.
“I have seen a lot of you who’ve been asking me to do what I always do, which is to be authentic and to come to you all and talk about some of what you have heard,” said Tamika in a video with Mysonne [who is that?]. “I want to just make sure that we start off grounded in the fact that nothing we say today is an attack against [Samaria Rice]. I want to make sure that is stated from the very, very beginning. Quite frankly, Ms. Rice is right.”
She goes on to explain how the country has failed Samaria and other mothers whose children have been killed by the police.
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“I support, 100 percent, how she feels and what she has stated in terms of her pain related to her son,” she continued. “We all have failed her… As a nation, I think that whenever a child or any person–but particularly a child—is killed…this nation should have erupted. And the fact that she did not get the proper justice for her son would make anyone angry, so I totally understand [and] respect the trauma and pain that she feels as a mother.”
Then she shared her efforts to avoid “divisiveness” within the movement and moving forward she will be very careful to honor Samaria’s wishes not to speak on her son.
“[Samaria and I have] never actually sat down or had a phone conversation or met in any way,” said Tamika. “So, therefore, I would never be so disrespectful as to speak about her child or to have a campaign that addresses her child or uses her child’s name to uplift any cause … To that end, I guess, Ms. Rice has said that she wants me to not speak of her child. And while I may not have been doing it in the past, I will be very, very, very careful going forward to ensure that I respect her wishes.”
While the backlash and criticism did hurt, she is still available to Samaria and any other family directly affected by police brutality.
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