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August 12, 2020

7/1/2020 1:23:00 PM
Girl Scout shares her opinion as she works toward another badge
Zoey Stroup making a home kite as she pursues another Cadet badge.
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Zoey Stroup making a home kite as she pursues another Cadet badge.

Zoey Stroup, 14, is an eighth grader at Jennings County Middle School. She had earned a Bronze Award and Silver Award in Girl Scouts. What follows is a speech she wrote for her public speaking badge for the Cadet Girl Scouts.

I am, Zoey Stroup and I had to write this for my Cadet Girl Scout Badge public speaking badge. Please tell me what you think of my speech. My mom said let's put it in the paper, then we will put it on Facebook. So that's what we did.

My mom is a great mom and so is my dad. Mom never gets mad when I wake her in the middle of the night (when) I just need to talk. Thanks, Mom for being there for me.

All the things everyone is destroying is all about all of us not just one or two colors but all colors. It all concerns all of us because our history should be very important to all of us - not just one or two people - but to everyone who is a citizen of the United States of America.

Now, more people made more History because all the things that the Protesters and people who are rioting had destroyed so much and had killed so many people and destroyed businesses...because people do not have respect for other people's property or for themselves because the protectors and the rioters should (have been) peaceful, not so violent that people got killed and robbed.

...None of you had put yourself in that person's shoes or people that you have really hurt, stole from, killed...What kind of history is that for your grandkids and great grandkids?

My opinion is I live to know all about the history of our country and what kind of grandparents I have and where they came from. Yes, a lot of our forefathers made a lot of bad decisions but as time passed, people tried to change history for the better. Women could not go anywhere. They would ask their husband for permission to go and that was for every woman back then.

For all of you who are destroying everything that is all of our history in the United States of America, what are you going to tell your kids about the history of the United States of America and what does this Country stands for now?

I am 14 years old and I could not believe all the things they destroyed, burning down and burning the American Flag on top of one our great presidents of the United States of America George Washington after they had tipped him over.

This is telling me me as a Cadet Girl Scout. There is so much hatred, people are getting paid for burning and tearing stuff up, people do not care about themselves or anyone else. People in uniform are so scarred that they are walking off their jobs because no one cares or back them up, like mayor, governor or even the people who suppose to work for us in congress,, house of representatives, senators to these men and women in uniform.

Is this what I have to tell my children in 14 years to 18 years from now? I would be very ashamed to tell my kids all the bad things that is going in the United States and all the people who supposed to be working for us and keeping our country safe overseas and at home they are not doing their job at all.

I am embarrassed by what people have done to this country and destroying our history because it belongs to all of us not just whites but every color that God had made us as equal to one another.

Back in history, that was not the way it went but today we all are equal, we all vote if you are (a) citizen of this country, everyone can go to college be whatever they want to be in today's world. But (it) was not like that before, but history had changed that for the good of the people.

(Zoey's speech was edited somewhat due to length.)

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