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Black Lives matter: 18-year-old activist explains why protesting gives her hope

The first protest Emma EuBanks attended was shortly after the announcement that a grand jury would not be seeking an indictment of Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michel Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Since then, the 18-year-old St. Paul, Minn. resident, has been at several rallies, including one held Saturday at the Mall of America.

She spoke to Fusion about why she attended the event, and how protesting had changed her.

“It’s given me a lot more hope than I had in the beginning. When you’re at home by yourself, feeling sad, feeling angry, it’s a lot different than when you’re out as a group and all expressing that sadness and rage together, and you feel like you can actually get something done.”

Later, upon hearing the news that two police officers had been killed in New York by a fugitive gunman, Eubanks said she “didn’t condone violence” and that her heart was with the families of the slain officers. She worried that the killings could “provoke of a wave of anger and hate” against black activists and those pushing for police reforms. Read more about the protest here.

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