Tamika Mallory Responds to Being Criticized by Tamir Rice’s Mother

>It was previously reported that Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy from Cleveland who was shot by police who mistook his toy gun for a real one, spoke out against Tamika Mallory after she appeared in Lil Baby’s Grammys performance for “The Bigger Picture.”

During the performance, Mallory called on Joe Biden to lead the change in the country, but Samaria Rice feels like Mallory is holding back the movement for justice. Rice shared a video of Mallory speaking during the performance and wrote, “Look at this clout chaser[.] 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*t like this.”

Rice went on to call out civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Lee Merrick, along with Mallory, writing, “[Tamika] and the crew you bitches chasing clout along with, Sonney, Crump, and Lee… Y’all have literally f**k out fight up I hope not another family soul used yall to represent them.”

Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, publicly criticized Tamika Mallory following her appearance during Lil Baby’s Grammy performance. Samaria called Mallory a “clout chaser” and accused her and other activists of using her deceased child and others’ traumas to accomplish their own motives.

Tamika Mallory addressed Samaria’s remarks this past weekend and admitted that the country and activism have failed to bring justice to Samaria and other mothers whose children were killed by police.

“I support, 100 percent, how she feels and what she has stated in terms of her pain related to her son,” Mallory said. “And, in fact, I think and I was going to say to you, I feel like we all have failed her…As a nation, I think that whenever a child or any person — but particularly a child — is killed, we should, 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.”

Mallory also expressed her desire to avoid divisiveness within activist organizations and avoided speaking about cases or individuals with whom she has not worked with directly. She also revealed that she’s never met or spoken to Samaria.

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