Taylore Norwood is a 20-year-old Chicago activist. She’s best known as one of the faces of of GoodKids MadCity, a Chicago-based group that, according to its Facebook page, is about “Black and Brown young people united in fighting to end violence in our cities.” She’s testified before Congress about ending that violence.
And she’s now been spotted in a clip saying that if Chicago residents don’t listen to her, they “can get ran over.”
The clip was posted to Twitter by Grabien’s Tom Elliott on Saturday. It was unclear from Elliott’s tweet when the clip was taken or who was in it, only that he claimed, apparently incorrectly, that it was a Black Lives Matter activist.
However, part of Norwood’s oration was briefly quoted in a Chicago Tribune story about an impromptu news conference held outside of the Wentworth District police station on Aug. 16, which called for demonstrators who were being held by police to be released and to have their charges dropped. That article also made it clear that Norwood was with GoodKids MadCity, a completely different group. There was no mention of Black Lives Matter Chicago.
Also, guess what wasn’t mentioned? The part about how those who don’t listen “can get ran over.”
During her remarks, Norwood claimed that “three of my sisters, my friends, have been arrested and brutalized by the Chicago Police Department.”
She went on to say that liberal Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had “said nothing about it.”
“Our black, gay mayor is not protecting the women in this city,” she continued. “I have a personal problem with that.”
WMAQ-TV reported that the protests the night before, which were focused (among other things) on demands to abolish Immigrations and Customs Enforcement as well as defunding the Chicago Police Department, had turned violent.
Twenty-four were arrested, four on felony charges.
To Norwood, this was a problem, inasmuch as it would take voting rights from those who were convicted of felonies — for those arrested here and during other protests.
“You can’t just throw felonies on somebody for speaking their mind,” Norwood said.
“Shaundric [Mann, an activist] has not been processed, he has not been released, we’ve been here for 12-plus hours and [Mayor Lightfoot] still has said nothing, nothing to the community, nothing to the black organizers who were brutalized. We haven’t heard anything.”
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“This is our city, our city, and we’re taking this s— back. Point back. Period. End of discussion,” Norwood said.
“We have demands and they need to be met and I feel like I’ve been saying this too much.
“We’re not asking you anything. We’re telling you what’s about to happen with your permission or not,” she added. “You can listen to us or you can get ran over. And that’s all I have to say.”
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