To my black women realize that there is support for you and your grief,
anger, frustration, sadness is understood. Realize that the violence we as
black women, black queer, black trans, black children, black men face is
real and we need to support one another, love one another, be there for one another when we feel no one else/can/cares to be.
I think about Lavish Reynolds filming as she watched her boyfriend, who she called her best friend, die next to her - knowing that was the only way his murder would be seen as such. I think about her daughter sitting in the
backseat witnessing this take place and having to see events no child
should have to witness.
I feel the rage, anger, sadness, frustration that these events and others
have erupted inside and I see the same emotions on the faces and bodies of black people on campus and off.
To my black woman realize that your self care is also important - in fact
it is vital for your survival as you/I/we leave our homes everyday and try
to "live" in a time of violence.