Will Danielle Williams narrative change Thomas Roberts’ narrative going forward?
Thomas Roberts likely did not expect the response he got from Baltimore protester Danielle Williams. While covering the Baltimore protests, a seemingly out of place Thomas Roberts called out protester Danielle Williams.
He first asked Danielle Williams why she wanted to be out there right now. She said she came out to represent her city. She said she wanted people to know that Baltimore was not a bad place. People in Baltimore get together when they need to.
Danielle Williams said it was necessary to come together for the family of Freddie Gray. Moreover they wanted to tell America that they wanted justice. Thomas Roberts then asked the question based on the traditional mainstream media narrative.
“When say you want justice,” Thomas Roberts asked. “What message do you think it sends to the world when we are waiting on that justice and due process from the police investigation that we see residents last night looting and rioting in the city. Does that represent the population of the city?”
Danielle Williams’ answer was spot on. It should be the answer every protester is ready to give to an otherwise derelict media.
“My question to you is, when we were out here protesting all last week for six days straight peacefully, there were no news cameras, there were no helicopters, there was no riot gear, and nobody heard us,” Danielle Williams said. “So now that we’ve burned down buildings and set businesses on fire and looted buildings, now all of the sudden everybody wants to hear us. Why does it take a catastrophe like this in order for America to hear our cry?” she continued. “I mean, enough is enough. We’ve had too many lives lost at the hands of police officers. Enough is enough.”