Tennessee high school valedictorian's speech cut short as she talks about racial injustice

Tennessee high school valedictorian's speech cut short as she talks about racial injustice

A Tennessee high school valedictorian is gaining attention and support online after her speech at her school's graduation ceremony Saturday was cut off as she spoke about racial injustice and protests over the death of George Floyd. In her purple cap and gown, DayOnna Carson spoke to her classmates gathered on the football field at Central High School in Hamilton Countyabout the impact the coronavirus pandemic had on their senior year and ongoing racial tensions across the country. "The whole world protested the inexcusable murder of George Floyd and, after many long days of demonstration, signing petitions and donating, we are able to give him justice,” Carson said. “Change starts with ourselves; change starts with our community. Therefore, we must continue (the) work of all the people that came before us by voting not only in national elections, but local elections that directly impact us to create the country that we want. We must not let the progress of our ancestors have been in vain,” she continued. But as Carson read the last words of her speech, “No justice, no peace,” from her phone, her microphone was silenced. A recording of the live ceremony posted on the school’s Facebook page shows Carson walking back to her seat before Central High Principal Phil Iannarone takes the podium. In the background, some can be heard yelling, “That ain’t right!” Carson said not only was her microphone cut off, but the district's video has also been edited. Many of her peers shouted back "No ...
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