OPINION: SAY HER NAME
Updated: May 12
SAY HER NAME! SAY THIER NAMES! Photos by Lawrence "LAW" Jones.
What you have heard and seen is true: Property takes priority over a human life — Breonna Taylor’s life.
When I saw the headline: Brett Hankison indicted on 3 counts of wanton endangerment, I experienced a pit in my stomach.
Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old Black woman who was killed by Lousiville, Ky. police narcotics officers, including Hankison, who were serving a no-knock warrant. Taylor was shot six times. Six times. The shots left her bleeding to death in her own home, on the floor of her hallway. Her death took place on March 13, 2020 after midnight.
The city of Fayetteville feels the pain of not only Taylor’s untimely death, but the Ville’s Black community is standing strong for our voices to be heard during this high political climate, racial injustice, and police brutality. The 2-6 community took to the streets of downtown Fayetteville, where local social activist group, “The Ville’s Voice,” put together a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Ms. Taylor.
During the vigil protesters and allied policemen stood in agreement when chanting: “Say Her Name.” Also, protesters signs read “Black Women Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.”
Breonna Taylor’s death is not the first to spark the Black community’s outrage. This dates back to times before the killing of Emmett Till. Black communities across the country are in an uproar, but there’s still fear. Fear of innocence Black lives being taken from us, like mine.
As a 20-year-old Black, female college student, there’s a target on my back. It’s even more dangerous for the young, Black men out here. I stand to ask, what will the Black communities do with this newly found energy to created peace and get the justice we deserve? I don’t want to be the next hashtag.
Say their names. Without change, there will be no change!