Many of us are rattled by the outcome of the Breonna Taylor decision. As a black woman what does this mean for me? This is triggering as it brings me back to the day I heard about the death of Sandra Bland. We were not as used to hearing about the lives of black women being taken while in the hands of law enforcement. She was a young black woman. Not that much older than I was. It really hit home for me, that I was not exempt. Had a come across someone that felt I didn’t have the right to ask questions for clarity or for my own safety, that could have been me.
Black women are often seen as feisty, having an attitude, or overly opiniated. Unfortunately, we live in a world where our value is attached to these stereotypes. We are looked at as less than and people not worthy of justice.
It is natural to become emotional when the constant reminder is ever before you that your life does not matter. Breonna’s life mattered. Sandra’s life mattered. Atatiana’s life mattered. Fatigue settle’s in and you get tired of the hashtags, tired of the thoughts and prayers, and tired of being angry. What do we do with this pent up emotion, frustration, and weariness?
For my own self care, finding different ways of coping with these tragedies have become imperative. I have learned there is more than one way to fight. Sometimes we can become overwhelmed and feel like change is not going to come. The issues seem insurmountable and bigger than we are. Our contribution to the fight seems like it won’t even matter.
Don’t feel this way. EVERY. LITTLE BIT. HELPS!
You may be asking yourself, “what can I do?”
If you are skilled in written communication use that, if you are an awesome orator, use that. If you are skilled in creative communication use that. We are not all designed to fight the same way. It can be easy to feel like you are not as effective as someone protesting; but this fight, our fight NEEDS what you have. Hone in on what you are good at and do that. It’s okay to be emotional but don’t let it be for naught. Your contribution to the cause matters.
There is more than one way to fight!
Do it for Breonna! Do it for Sandra! Do it for Atatiana!
JUST PLEASE DO SOMETHING!
Very true about everyone having something to contribute. You are going to have your frontline protesters and folks bringing up the rear to reinforce the message or plea. For instance, in a war, you got soldiers on the frontlines. But you also have the medics giving first aid to the wounded, others are staging ammunition for reloading, and someone providing food and comfort. You have good points all around. Thank you.