Some years ago I gave a speech somewhere in Scandinavia, and I was cold so I wore my navy pea coat. The feedback I was given on the talk was, “why are you wearing a coat? Do you not have enough time for us? Do you have somewhere else to be? “I still think about that sometimes.
A police officer shot and killed Makiah Bryant, a Black 15-year-old girl, in Columbus, Ohio, just minutes after the verdict announcement in Minneapolis, Minnesota. #blacklivesmatterhttps://t.co/OscU7hkxRe
Waiting for the Chauvin verdict reminds me of an ugly truth.
To be Black in America is to experience daily indignities and ongoing microtrauma.
No matter which way the verdict goes, that won't change until we see systematic racism as an existential threat that harms all of us.