“Im not really in a celebratory mood…
even though my birthday is 8 days away. The turmoil happening in this world is too unsettling for me. This past week a cop who shot and killed Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old woman, in Chicago in 2012 was found not guilty for his actions. Boyd was an innocent bystander. To add to this, Rekia is one of many Black women who have been killed or brutalized by police and unfortunately no one is marching for these women. Just recently, a post on For Harriet showcased how few people showed up for a Rekia Boyd rally in New York City’s Union Square Park. I didn’t even hear about it. In the past hundreds have gathered for Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin rallies.
Which brings me to this question. When we say that Black Lives Matter, are we speaking of Black women too? Are we speaking of the lives of Black and Brown LGBT people, especially Black transgender women who have been killed at alarming rates. But no there is silence. No marching, no protesting for these women. The Black female’s voice has always been silenced. Our bodies are seen as property and less beautiful than societal standards. Our natural lips, browner skin tone, hips and booty, only acknowledged in the wider society when they are on white bodies i.e.(see Kylie Jenner lip challenge). Not that I need mainstream media to define me, but I hate seeing what is normal for me seen as a trend or novelty. This is why appreciate channels like Black Girl Rock and Beyond Classically Beautiful that are reclaiming our narrative.
On top of that on our nation’s capitol it is business as usual as celebs and the journalism elite gathered at the White House correspondent dinner or the “nerd prom” as they call it. But only 40 miles north, hundreds were hitting the streets of Baltimore because the police department has yet to be transparent about what really happened to Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man. They severed his spine and voice box while he was in custody but still the cops involved won’t admit to how he died.
“Wondered if anyone would bring up Baltimore on red carpet or dinner convos. But no. Light chatter ruled the night,” Selma director Ava Duvernaytweeted.
As we enter the new week, I am wondering who will be next? Will it be someone I know? How many other stories are being concealed? And what can actually be done about this problem?
Black on black crime is a problem. But when those suspects are found they are taken off the street. These killer cops are never prosecuted and get away with killing innocent people and on top of that, many are allowed to go back to work. Black people have to deal with the post traumatic stress of these deaths on top of the normal everyday motions all human beings face. These brutal deaths are unnecessary. And overwhelming to take in day after day.
I’m praying for all of us and Im hoping that some reform will come. At the same time, the people are tired of being ignored and the pot will only keep boiling until something is done to ease these tensions.
To be continued…
Your thoughts: At what point will enough be enough?