- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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.

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.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide