Taylor Norwood, a Chicago activist, has reportedly threatened other residents that they had better give in to certain demands.
During a press conference, Norwood slammed Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot for “not protecting the black women in this city.”
Additionally, she said that Lightfoot was “creating problems in black and brown communities to protect white people” adding that Lightfoot was robbing black people “of their right to vote.”
“This is our city, our city, and we’re taking that s**t back,” 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.”
“You can listen to us or you can get ran over,” Norwood finished. “And that’s all I have to say.”
“People are worried about looting, and there are literal lives being taken away?” she screamed. “There are people who are dying, and y’all are mad about people looting Mag Mile? Get over it! These buildings are insured.”
“Materials will come back, but we will not come back if they kill us!” she added. “What do y’all not get about that? Gucci, Apple store, whatever it is—that stuff will be replaced, but we won’t be replaced. We lose our lives, people lose our lives every single day for this cause, and y’all are mad about the wrong s**t!”
Western Journal reports:
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.”
Partial transcript of the video:
“Alicia was arrested during the first protest downtown. Miracle had her teeth knocked out of her mouth. Alicia was thrown on the ground and beaten by several officers. These are women that we are talking about.”
“These are women that are not committing any crimes except for exercising their First Amendment right to speak their voice. We’re speaking out against injustice, systemic racism, police brutality, we’re sick our brothers and our sisters dying in our communities and the only thing that the mayor can do is sic her dogs on us? Is beat us? Is arrest us? Is steal our lives from us?”
“She’s cut of the Northside, completely cut off the Northside. Let’s just talk about the simple, the simple ways that we’re being dis-serviced [sic]. Because all of the exits are blocked off on any given day, it takes an hour and 30 minutes to get from the Southside of Chicago to the Westside of Chicago, on the express way.”
“You are creating problems in black and brown communities to protect white people and it shows, like we see you. We really see you for who you are, you’re not fooling anybody. The answer to people fighting against the policies that you are putting in place is not to rob them of their right to vote, Lori!”
“You can’t just throw felonies on everybody for speaking their mind. [Person arrested] has not been processed, he has not been released. We’ve been here for 12+ hours and she still has said nothing, nothing to community, nothing to the black organizers who are brutalized. We haven’t heard anything.”
“This is unacceptable. This is our city, our city, and we’re taking that s**t back. Point. Blank. Period. End of discussion. 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. I don’t wanna come out here again. I don’t wanna have to do this again.”
“I don’t wanna take a day. I unfortunately was not at the action yesterday. I was actually taking a day between this organizing because it’s taxing work, because we are kids trying to grow up and I took a day to myself to wake up to find out that my friends are being abused by the f***in police! You can listen to us or you can get ran over. And that’s all I have to say.”