I’ve had some pretty strong feelings about these protests, riots, and the persistent, unjustified murders of black people at the hands of law enforcement.
I’m in solidarity with the protesters. I understand and support the unarmed peaceful protests calling for justice and reform. But there are moments I feel like I’m not doing anything to contribute to change because I’m not out there protesting.
Sure, there are other ways to contribute to change, like donating to funds and organizations and sharing links and other resources, but I feel like protesting takes that to another level. Maybe that’s just me, though, constantly feeling like I’m not doing enough as a black woman for black justice.
On top of that, I’ve heard of 4 different black lives being taken in the past month: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Sean Reed. However, Taylor and Reed got considerably less media coverage than Floyd and Arbery. Why?
And I can’t forget about the November 2019 murder of Atatiana Jefferson who was murdered in her own home, like Taylor, playing video games with her nephew. What happened to the cop who murdered her after he quit? He was charged, but what happened after that? All news and talk of her kind of it went silent after that.
My point is, there are so many murders that sometimes the most recent murder gets the most attention and the others are almost forgotten because of the frequency.
Another thing I feel is that this country hates black women. Sure, it hates black men, too, but it hates black women even more. People are always talking about how black men are being killed, but lets not forget black women are being killed. Black children are being killed. Not just black men.
It’s like not until Breonna Taylor have people started remembering the other black women who have been killed by police and are just now bringing it to light. But at least now people are also acknowledging the women as well this time.
Overall, I support Black Lives, the peaceful protests, people speaking out on how police have treated black people, all of it. The people’s frustrations have reached a boiling point, and this is the result. I honestly don’t think the police were meant to protect us. No justice, no peace.
No justice, no peace.