Coco Gauff, the 16-year-old tennis star, delivered a speech at a peaceful protest in her hometown on Wednesday, demanding change and promising to use her platform to spread vital information. "You need to not be silent, 'cause if you are choosing silence, you are choosing the side of the oppressor".
The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the US on May 25, has sparked a week of sometimes violent protests and civil unrest in cities across the U.S.as well as other countries.
A week after promising to use her growing platform for good, Coco Gauff has stepped up her game in the fight for social justice.
Along with the video, Gauff added the message "All lives will not matter until black lives matter" to the TikTok post. I have been having conversations with all my non-black friends on how they can help the movement.
United States of America tennis sensation Coco Gauff has urged the people to love each other and speak out on the issue of racial injustice. "Third, you need to use your voice no matter how big your platform is", she said. Gauff said. "It breaks my heart because I'm fighting for the future for my brothers". I'm fighting for the future for my future grandchildren.
"I'm here to tell you guys that we must first love each other no matter what", she said.
"This is not only about George Floyd".
In a powerful speech, Gauff told a crowd outside Delray Beach City Hall to engage in "tough conversations" and "use your voice", stressing racism was a problem that involved everyone.
It is a fight, she said, for everyone and not just the black community.
The 16-year-old stated various examples of African-Americans killings from the past and said she is fighting for the future generation.
As dramatic music begins playing, Gauff, who is wearing a black hoodie, turns slowly to the camera as words appear on the screen explaining, "This is why I am using my voice to fight against racism".
Gauff wowed the world in 2019 when she became the youngest player to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon, and she also made headlines for defeating Venus Williams in the first round of the 2020 Australian Open. "All lives will not matter until society proves they actually care about black lives". Why did I want to change when I was 16? "I promise that we will urge our children to do the right thing so that they can pass it".