Tamir Rice’s mom at Kent State: Racism is a disease

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Tamir Rice’s mother says at this year’s commemoration of the 1970 shootings at Kent State University that it doesn’t matter what race a person is when fighting for justice.

In a May 4, 1970 file photo, a group of youths cluster around a wounded person as Ohio National Guardsmen, wearing gas masks, hold their weapons in the background, on Kent State University campus in Kent, Ohio. (AP Photo/Douglas Moore, File)
In a May 4, 1970 file photo, a group of youths cluster around a wounded person as Ohio National Guardsmen, wearing gas masks, hold their weapons in the background, on Kent State University campus in Kent, Ohio. (AP Photo/Douglas Moore, File)

Samaria Rice was invited to speak at Wednesday’s event, which also focuses this year on the Black Lives Matter movement that Tamir’s death helped fuel.

The 12-year-old black boy was shot dead in Cleveland by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun in November 2014. A grand jury declined to indict the officer.

Samaria Rice says racism is a disease. She says it’s something people are taught and there needs to be a cure.

It was 46 years ago when Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd at Kent State protesting the Vietnam war; four people were killed.

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