9 year-old Bristol schoolgirl pens emotional poem calling for racial equality

A nine year-old schoolgirl from Bristol has penned an emotional poem calling for racial equality.

Tiana McLean from Horfield was inspired to put her thoughts and feelings into words after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the repercussions that followed.

“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe! Let me go!” Either way he died and this goes to show That the world is not safe for us black people. Why is it that the way we treat each other isn’t equal? White people, black people, we should be friends. How would you like to be 25 years old and then your life just comes to an end?

Tiana McLean (poem extract)

Tians’s grandmother, Steph Lee, shared the poem on Facebook and Youtube.

Watch Tiana reading her poem here:

On Sunday, June 7, Tiana joined a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bristol's Castle Park, where she stood up and read her poem to thousands of people.

Tiana was assisted by her mother as she read her poem to assembled crowd in Castle Park, Bristol. Credit: Rachel Stevenson

Rachel Stevenson joined her daughter and helped encourage Tiana, who was overwhelmed with emotion.

She said: "I felt so emotional and proud of her (Tiana). I was crying with her and the many others who felt the emotion in her words."

Ms Stevenson also told ITV News that Tiana "wants to do more going forward", and will encourage her in becoming a voice for other children.

Tiana will also be speaking on local radio station Ujima Radio 98FM on Friday [12 June].

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