‘I believe all men are created equally’: SoCal fifth-grader demands equality for all in passionate speech

A passionate and courageous young man made sure his voice was heard in front of a group of demonstrators who marched peacefully from the Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach piers and back on Tuesday.

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The bold fifth-grader was not shy as he shared his thoughts on injustice in front of the large crowd.

“I believe that all men are created equally,” he said. “It’s just that this society puts everyone at a disadvantage. Not just black people, every race. Every race sometimes has to worry about something bad happening to them. I don’t want people to have to worry. This is a bad thing. Why can’t you guys realize that? So, do you know what we have to do? We have to bring change. No one’s going clean up our mess but us,” he said as his fellow protesters cheered him on.

FOX 11’s Hailey Winslow witnessed his speech while covering the protest and said his heartfelt words stood out to her.

Police said the crowd quickly dispersed after they were told their time was up.

His fifth-grade teacher recognized their student after seeing him on FOX 11 and reached out to FOX 11 evening anchor, Elex Michaelson. The teacher said they recognized the young man immediately and was proud of his message and undeniable bravery. 

On Wednesday, 12-year-old Janiya Coleman shared her thoughts on injustice with FOX 11’s Christina Gonzalez.

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