Our socially critical Class 8 responds thoughtfully and sensitively to powerful speeches delivered a few months ago by mothers of Black teenagers killed by police violence in the United States.
Dear Mothers of the Movement,
Firstly, I wanted to wish good luck to all of you for starting the movement. I really like how all of you are fighting and protesting for your rights.
You may question yourself that how an 8th grade 13-year-old girl in India knew about your group. Your answer is that today, in English class, our teacher and we have been learning a lot about the injustice between black and white people, and today she showed us the speech of your group.
I learned that your children were killed by some white officers. I felt so sorry for all of you. I know how much it pains if our loved ones are gone or sick. I myself have experienced it when my dearest grandmom was sick. Even now she is not fully cured but still she is alive. I know that the pain was a hundred times bigger than my pain. I feel that you truly are mothers of the movement. I think you should continue your movement.
I will keep your children in every prayer I attend, and I will also pray for you all. I think it will send some positive power.
Once again, good luck.
Hope to get your reply.
To the Mothers of the Movement,
How are you all?
Sorry that you all’s children were killed because they were of colour. I have seen your movie and I liked it and was sad too. I think you all are kind and are heartbroken. I wish I could vote.
I wish I can change this situation and when I grow up I will try my best to change some white people’s minds and make them think like you all think. I will tell some police to do work with cool mind and listen to what black people and also white people say. I will write many magazines where there is shown black people as well as white people. I will tell that every person has to be treated equally and I would give message that don’t look at face and do work. Work carefully, thoughtfully, and know someone’s feelings, and work.
I think it’s hard but you can do it if you do from your heart.
Here is a short poem which I want to tell you:
Try, try, try,
One day you will do it,
Nothing is impossible,
Everything is possible if you try.