The indictment and charge highlighting Breonna Taylor’s case evoked sadness, disbelief, and hurt around the country after the September 23rd grand jury’s decision was issued. One of the three cops who took part in the shooting death of Taylor was only charged with “wanton endangerment,” and not directly for Taylor’s murder.
The current push for justice simply reminds us of the many challenges and difficulties that still lie ahead for Black people as we struggle to receive equal justice and equal treatment under the law. There is so much work that needs to be done in this ongoing marathon. More than ever before we must believe that Black Lives Matter, even though we know all lives matter. We must continue to push to protect Black lives.
Both Black leaders and celebrities expressed a deep sense of disappointment after the September 23rd indictment given in Taylor’s case. Attorney Benjamin Crump said that the charge was simply “outrageous and offensive.” In a USA Today report, LeBron James posted on Twitter that he was “devastated, hurt, sad, and mad,” after the grand jury’s announcement.
In a recent lawsuit, Breonna’s family was recently awarded $12M. Amidst the money, and the suffering the drumroll for justice still continues. Breonna was a daughter, a niece, a friend, and a neighbor. Breonna was not 3/5 of a human being but she was a beautiful soul, who now deserves justice.
One hundred years from now, will the narrative about racial injustice be a lot different than what it is now? If we want it to be different, then what must be done today to usher in a new paradigm to reshape and rebuild the structure of racial justice for tomorrow?
Carolyn Day, President of the Black United Front of Illinois, Inc. (BUFi) said, “While continuing with peaceful protests, do not give up the persistence of justice. We are people of high intelligence which has been consistently insulted. We must remain resilient to pass this test of paranormal events that are being normalized, over and over in 2020,” she said.
Across this country, the march for justice hasn’t let up. Justice for George Floyd still continues. In a show of recent support, protestors lay down for eight minutes and forty-six seconds in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles. Eight minutes and forty-six seconds was the span of time it took to for Floyd to die, when a knee was pressed against his neck, not allowing him to breathe.
A similar display of support was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY as well as outside of police headquarters in Dallas. Protestors also gathered at the state capitol in Minneapolis to show support for the 46-year-old. We can establish the fact that Black people are in desperate need of justice. We can only hope that justice will come sooner than later.