It was a week to say the very least. We all held our breath as a collective on Tuesday, awaiting the Judge’s reading of the verdict against Derek Chauvin. In unison, from all different parts of the country and the world, we exhaled as we heard the words “guilty” three times over.
As we took in the verdict, Ma’Khia Bryant was taking her last breath — a stark and unnecessary reminder that the work against white su
premacy and anti-Blackness is not done. Like Breonna Taylor, Ma’Khia Bryant’s murderer is not likely to be held accountable.
We are sharing the voices of Black women — who we must listen to and amplify as we push forward towards liberation for all.
We must recognize that there are other ways to deescalate a situation.
And we know that we are unlikely to see the white cop who shot Ma’Khia Bryant held accountable.
We need to do better. The work protecting Black women and girls is often left undone or on the backs of the Black women.
That means the same energy goes into amplifying Black women and Black girls and advocating for policies and accountability that protect them.
What that energy should look like
Recognize that we have received so much from Black women, and when we lose one, we lose another Black woman’s voice.
Let us reflect on how we are showing up for Black women and girls.
How am I amplifying Black women’s voices?
In what ways am I showing up for Black women? (ie. donating to organizations, committing to anti-racism)
Am I aware of the historical and current issues that Black women have to face? (ie. medical discrimination, pregnancy deaths, stigmatizations)