The American is currently too young to vote, but has urged others to do so to ensure a better future and encouraged them to take action to find a solution.
“So I’m here to tell you that we have to love each other first no matter what. We have to have difficult conversations with my friends.
“I spent the whole week having difficult conversations, trying to educate my non-black friends how they can help the movement.”
Gauff is one of the brightest young players on the tennis tour and has hit the spotlight after arriving in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2019.
“This is about Trayvon Martin. This is about Eric Garner. This is about Breonna Taylor. This is about things happening,” she told the peaceful protesters.
“I was 8 when Trayvon Martin was killed. So why am I still in need of change here at 16?
“It breaks my heart because I am fighting for the future of my brothers. I am fighting for the future of my future children. I am fighting for the future of my future grandchildren.”
“This is your fight too”
Gauff quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., urging everyone to call and use any platform.
“I saw a quote from Dr. King saying,‘ The silence of good people is worse than the brutality of bad people. “So you don’t need to keep quiet,” she added.
“If you choose silence, you choose the side of the oppressor.”
“If you listen to black music, if you like black culture, if you have black friends, then that’s your struggle, too. Now I demand change.”
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