Breonna Taylor Died and American Domestic Terror still lives on.
March 13th will be forever be ingrained in our minds, in our lives as an black community. For Breonna Taylor, March 13th marked a day to remember as Louisville police barged into her home under a no-knock warrant and fired gunshots which resulted in her unjustly murder. The value of Black life and the protection, or lack thereof, of Black women, in particularly as Black feminists and womanists call for intersectional activism through counter-movements such as #sayhername in the quest for Black freedom from murder and the need for justice.
Her killers still walk free. Unprecedented protests in Louisville and throughout the country as Taylor's story shows there is no safe space even in our own home. We aren't safe at home, walking down the street holding skittles, playing with a toy gun or even driving with our family as we get pulled over for a unjustified traffic stop. Moreover, a grand jury decision did not charge the officers in her death. Where is justice? That is a never ending question.
The Union Presbyterian Seminary hosted the Breonna Taylor and the American Domestic Terror Webinar series on Oct. 14th. Hosted by Rev. Melanie C. Jones, her and the panel of activists and speakers spoke about the consequences of the negligence that American Domestic Terror in the police system has on Black lives, now claiming the life of Breonna Taylor.
We are now in unprecedented times where once again, our lives don't matter. One would think once we got passed civil rights and segregation, we wouldn't be going back to square one. Yet, here we are. Breonna Taylor's life didn't matter and now everyday we have to look over our shoulders because it makes one think, when would it be our turn? Our father's turn? Our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers.
This justice system isn't for us, it's clear and the terror America inflicts on us is real.