"Now is the time. I ain't waiting."
"Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless," he told the thousands gathered at Hyde Park. "And now is the time. I ain't waiting." He then addressed those opposing the protest: "I need you guys to understand. I need you to understand how painful this sh*t is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing." At this point, John was crying as a fellow protester placed a comforting hand on his back.
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